Hodges University to Host Annual Veterans Day Ceremony

Hodges University News

To honor and pay tribute to the men and women who have served in the United States military, Hodges University’s Dr. Peter Thomas Veterans Services Center (VSC) will host its annual Veterans Day Ceremony on November 10 at 1:00 p.m.

The event will be held in the Kleist Community Room on the Fort Myers campus, which is located at 4501 Colonial Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL 33966.

The 30-minute ceremony will include Dunbar’s JROTC’s Color Guard, a flag folding ceremony by two of Hodges’ student veterans, as well as guest speaker Nolan Connell, who is a Hodges student and commander of the John Ebling Memorial at Hodges University American Legion Post 397. Christine Manson, director of Hodges’ VSC, will officiate the ceremony.

“The ceremony is a great opportunity to gather together as a community of patriots and pay tribute to America’s veterans. The ceremony will provide the opportunity to reflect on the sacrifices of our veterans and to reflect on what the U.S. flag represents,” said Manson.

Concluding the ceremony, Hodges University will receive a gift of $10,000 from the Heritage Palms Veterans Association, a Fort Myers-based organization dedicated to supporting veterans in need who are living and/or recovering in Southwest Florida. The donation will benefit the veteran scholarship program at Hodges.

In an effort to identity the needs of veterans in the community, Richard Crawford, who serves as the commander of the Heritage Palms Veterans Association, spoke to Manson about the needs of student veterans at Hodges. Learning of the financial difficulties student veterans face when returning to school, he said, “I went back to our board, and we decided this would be a great way to help a number of people in need. Our hope is that this donation will ease the financial burden for veterans who served and are now going to school,” he said. “From the older generation of veterans to the newer generation, this is our way of showing our appreciation.”

“This donation means a lot to student veterans at Hodges University. It provides our veterans with financial assistance that oftentimes is the difference between merely earning college credits and actually making it to graduation. It also provides the necessary community support to keep our Yellow Ribbon program going strong,” said Manson.

Continuing the celebration, there will be a reception with cake and refreshments in the Fort Myers Veterans Services Center, which is located in Room U175 on the Fort Myers campus.

For more information, contact Christine Manson at cmanson@hodges.edu or (239) 938-7735.

About Hodges University’s Dr. Peter Thomas Veterans Services Center:
“The mission of the Dr. Peter Thomas Veterans Services Center is to provide a welcoming and informative environment where student veterans, service members and dependents receive support for funding their education and adjusting to student and civilian life.”

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