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Guest Speakers Share Personal Stories at Veterans Day Ceremony



Dec 09, 2014

The Knoxville Campus recently celebrated Veterans Day by honoring all those who have served and who are serving to protect our nation. Vietnam veterans Mr. Tsani Turner and Mr. Curt Hall were the guest speakers at the campus’s Veterans Day ceremony.   

Mr. Turner, second class petty officer in the U.S. Navy, served as a radioman. He spoke of the brotherhood’s accountability and regimentation to protect each other during battle and how that translates to today’s generation of being responsible for your actions. “Little errors in the beginning lead to serious consequences in the end,” he stated. “It is not enough to determine goals; you have to plan how to achieve them and turn that commitment into a result. Responsibility breeds opportunities.”

Mr. Hall served as a specialist four and worked on the HAWK missile. He shared the personal story of a very dear comrade -- a B-52 pilot who was shot down twice, sustained severe injuries, and then endured 16 months in a POW camp. Mr. Hall was able to attend his friend’s funeral service at Arlington National Cemetery earlier this year and spoke of the honor that seemed tangible there that day. He then closed by saying, “Service is a privilege to some and an obligation to some, but we need to thank all veterans all the time.”

Vietnam veteran Mr. Curt Hall shares stories of his service with students, faculty, and staff at the Veterans Day recognition ceremony.

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