CTC to Host Tribute to Veterans on Special Holiday
Columbus Technical College will be rolling out the red carpet in recognition of Veterans Day with a special ceremony on November 9th at 11:00 a.m. The event will take place in McCaulley Auditorium in the Patrick Hall building on the main Manchester Expressway campus. We hope you can enjoy us for this important tribute.
The ceremony will feature participation by Columbus Technical College students and staff, the posting of the colors from Jordan High School’s JROTC program, patriotic songs, the somber “White Table” ceremony, and a special address by Army SSG Marsha J. Brooks (Ret.). Veterans who attend will be treated to a box lunch after the event.
Columbus Technical College is proud to have a large population of military veterans. In the last fiscal year, there were 911 veterans, dependents, active or retired military personnel enrolled at the College. This number makes up about one quarter of the entire student population. Columbus Technical College offers veteran students plenty of financial aid options including access to the V/A Bill. They also encourage this special population in other ways like providing a special Veterans Lounge as well as providing a chapter of the national Student Veterans Association. And for four years in a row, Columbus Technical College has been recognized as a Military Friendly School.
About Veterans Day World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”
In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”
The original concept for the celebration was for a day observed with parades and public meetings and a brief suspension of business beginning at 11:00 a.m.
-U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs