Following the 10th anniversary of the September 11 tragedy, BCTC joined a nationwide grass-roots effort to honor American service men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan during the past decade.
On Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11, campus and community volunteers at more than 145 colleges and universities across the nation read the names more than 6,200 casualties of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), now called Operation New Dawn.
BCTC’s Remembrance Day National Roll Call ceremony took nearly eight hours to complete as readers announced the names of the fallen soldiers in chronological order beginning at 8 a.m. At 2 p.m. the readers paused to observe the nationwide “minute of silence.” Speakers from the Bluegrass Collegiate Veterans Association and a military honor guard closed out the ceremony around 4 p.m. The event was held on the patio of the Academic Technical Building on BCTC’s Cooper campus.
“Veterans Day is a sacred event,” said Alex DeSha, coordinator for Military & Veteran Student Services at BCTC. “By joining this National Roll Call, BCTC and our student veteran organization recognized and honored the sacrifices of the fallen while working to promote awareness for the living."
In addition to the roll call event, BCTC also honored veterans on Nov. 8 and Nov. 9 with information booths and events on the Cooper campus. Events included interactive simulators and Humvee presentations by Army and Marine Corps recruiters, information booths on veterans’ issues, drawings for door prizes, a bake sale, Toys for Tots collection and a clothing drive.
The Remembrance Day National Roll Call is sponsored nationally by the Veterans Knowledge Community of NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. NASPA is a 12,000-member association for the advancement, health and sustainability of the student affairs professionals. The Veterans Knowledge Community (VKC) mission is to advocate for best practices to help student veterans transition to college and succeed. As the National Roll Call sponsor, the goal of VKC is to have at least one institution in each of the 50 states participate in the event.