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Campus Pays Tribute to Military Service Men and Women



Nov 17, 2014

The Bartlett Campus held morning and evening Veterans Day ceremonies to honor those men and women who have served their country. Staff Sergeant Brandon Lane, Recruiting and Retention NCO with the Tennessee National Guard, was the guest speaker for the morning celebration. He shared with the group about the history of Veterans Day, from its establishment as Armistice Day in 1919 on the first anniversary of the end of World War I, to becoming an annual observance in 1926, a national holiday in 1938, and developing into Veterans Day as we know it through legislation signed by President Eisenhower in 1954, celebrated on the 11th minute of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

SSG Lane also talked about his role as a recruiter with the National Guard and about his tours in Afghanistan and Iraq. He talked about the benefits of being in the National Guard, especially related to the GI Bill.

During the evening ceremony, campus director Larry Smith shared thoughts from a speech given by General Colin Powell in a 1989 Veterans Day event at Arlington National Cemetery:

The nation owes a great debt to its veterans, whose service to the nation spans every decade, every year, every day of our country's existence. Through untold courage and sacrifice, America's veterans have secured the liberty which the founding fathers sought to establish here in the new world. Whenever and where ever the nation has called - - in times of darkness and danger as well as in times of peace and prosperity – America’s veterans have been there. Veterans have proudly carried the torch of liberty for all to see.
(U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; //www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/speakers/1989remarks.asp)

A- (left to right) National College instructor Jayson Carter, Retired U.S. Air Force; graduate Teresa Hendrix, Retired U.S. Navy; guest speaker SSG Brandon Lane, Recruiting and Retention NCO – Tennessee National Guard; student La’Shana Ferrell, National Guard; and student Jessica Burchett, National Guard, participated in the morning Veterans Day ceremony at the Bartlett Campus.

B- Veterans were honored at the evening Veterans Day ceremony at the Bartlett Campus.

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