Columbia College honors those who served

College celebrates all veterans on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.


soldier in uniform
At 11 a.m., Nov. 11, 1918, an armistice ending the Great War went into effect. Silence fell for the first time in four years on the trenches of Belgium and France, the jungles of Africa and the desert of what is now Iraq.

Armistice Day is now celebrated in the United States as Veterans Day, and Columbia College will honor its veterans with special activities throughout the week. For a Columbia College salute to veterans video.

Approximately 30 percent of the college's students are military active duty, reserve, veterans or dependents, and 18 of Columbia College's campuses are on military bases. Last year, Columbia College enrolled over 1,800 veterans. When added with faculty, staff, students and alumni, the Columbia College community includes over 2,500 veterans who served admirably.
Yellow ribbon I served pin


"I served" pin

The Columbia College Veterans Services Committee will honor students, alumni, faculty and staff who served in the U.S. military by giving them this lapel pin. The pin has been given to more than 1,200 veterans thus far. All college students, alumni, faculty and staff who have served or who currently serve are encouraged to wear the pin the week of Nov. 8-12.

Cougars volleyball salute to veterans

Cougars volleyball salute to veterans, Southwell Complex, main campus, Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. The Cougars, who have stormed into the AMC tournament again this year, will be wearing camouflage jerseys to honor veterans at each match played during the tournament. The Veterans Services Committee teamed up with the Athletic Department and initiated the "Honor a Veteran" pledge drive by raising funds for the unique jerseys. Funds to cover the cost of the jerseys were raised in under 18 hours, with the final amount totaling twice the original goal. The additional funds will
Cougars playing volleyball
support the Colonel Charles McGee Scholarship Fund which awards an annual scholarship to a Columbia College student veteran. McGee, a Columbia College alumni, was a Tuskegee Airman and flew in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

Should the Cougars prevail on November 9, they will host the semi-final round match on November 11 at 7 p.m. Veterans will be honored throughout the evening with the presentation of the colors, singing of the national anthem, presentation of the I Served pins and playing of the "Armed Forces Medley." All veterans and military members are encouraged to attend and will be admitted free of charge.

There will also be a performance on Thursday, November 11, by The Jane Froman Singers in honor of Jane Froman’s 103rd birthday which is November 10.

Approximately 30 percent of the college's students are military active duty, reserve, veterans or dependents
Froman, a Christian College alumna, was a TV, Hollywood and recording star committed to entertaining World War II GIs. In 1943, en route to a USO show in Lisbon, Portugal, her plane crashed in the Tagus River. Her legs and back would trouble her the rest of her life and require multiple operations, but Froman plugged on. She gave a comeback performance from a wheelchair only eight months after the crash and went on to perform in USO shows with crutches under her arms. Her injuries and recovery served as an inspiration to service members.

Veterans, words cannot express our gratitude for your service. This country would not be what it is without you. We are proud to serve you.

If you are a veteran and thinking about going to college, contact Keila Ferree, senior coordinator for veterans services, at (573) 875-7482 or kmferree@ccis.edu. More information can also be found at www.ccis.edu/military.

2 comments:

Dooly said...

I'd just like to say thank you to all the men and women who have and still do make the sacrifice. My brother-in-law recently passed away while serving in Afghanistan, and I'm sad about it, but I will never forget the courage he had.

So to everyone who has served and to all serving now, thank you! You are real heroes.

Anonymous said...

To all at CC:

Thanks so much, I was very surprised by the video - how very nice! What makes it more special is the fact it comes on Veteran's Day. It has (more recently) become a day of reflection for me, and to all who have worn the uniform, and especially to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. I think the special mission of providing quality education to service men and women is what sets Columbia College so much apart from other schools.