Hodges University to host annual Veterans Day celebration

The Hodges University Veterans Club, comprised of students who are veterans, will host their second annual Veterans Day celebration on Wednesday, November 11, beginning at 5:00pm at the Hodges Naples campus, 2655 Northbrooke Drive. The event will be simulcast for Hodges students at the Ft. Myers campus as well.

The ceremony will pay tribute to all veterans and acknowledge the many sacrifices and accomplishments put forth which have enabled our country to remain strong and vigilant. The ceremony will begin with a presentation of colors from the Collier County Honor Guard, followed by a speech by guest speaker, famed announcer and World War II veteran Peter Thomas. 

With the onset of World War II, Thomas enlisted in the United States Army in 1943 after being offered an Armed Forces Radio deferment. He served with the First Infantry Division in five major campaigns, including the Battle of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge.  He was issued a Battle Star for each of the five campaigns.  He was also awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Unit French Croix de guerre, and Belgian Fourragère.

The public is encouraged to attend the ceremony. For more information, phone 598-6169.

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