Columbus Technical College Honors Veterans

November 12, 2007 – Columbus Technical College hosted a patriotic ceremony today in the Patrick Hall auditorium to commemorate Veterans Day. About 55 people were in attendance. A welcome by CTC President Bob Jones included what has become known as the “D-Day Prayer.” It was a message delivered by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on D-Day – June 6, 1944. Even though the words are 63 years old, many hold relevance to soldiers fighting overseas today.

“…Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms, stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith. They will need thy blessings. Their road will be long and hard, for the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces. Success may not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again. And we know that by thy grace and by the righteousness of our cause, our sons will triumph…”

In addition to Mr. Jones’ remarks, Health Sciences instructor Leslie Noles sang patriotic songs, Nursing instructor and Army Reservist Ramona Mulleins spoke of the importance of being a Veteran, and Fort Benning Recruiter/Admissions representative Larry X. Hicks presented a dramatic reading of the “America’s White Table” presentation.

Fort Benning Recruiter/Admissions representative Larry X. Hicks shares the "America’s White Table" presentation with students and staff during the Veteran’s Day program

The White Table presentation is a significant way to honor the men and women who serve in America’s Armed Forces, especially those missing in action and prisoners of war. Part of the table includes: an empty chair for soldiers who aren’t here, a black napkin representing the sorrow of captivity, a slice of lemon that reminds one of the bitter fate of those captured and an inverted glass for the meal that will not be eaten.

Larry Hicks leads students and staff in expressing appreciation for our men and women serving in the armed forces

Veterans Day is a time for all Americans to take a moment and pay tribute to those who have or who currently serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. Veterans Day is celebrated on the eleventh day of the eleventh month at the eleventh hour to commemorate the end of World War I. The holiday used to be known as “Armistice Day.” Veterans Day is a National holiday and since the 11th fell on a Sunday this year, the holiday was observed on Monday, November 12th.