BCTC Joins Rally to Honor the Fallen
LEXINGTON, Ky. (November 8, 2011) - Following the 10th anniversary of the September 11 tragedy, Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) has 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 will read the names of the 6,200-plus casualties of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), now called Operation New Dawn.
BCTC's Remembrance Day National Roll Call ceremony will take nearly eight hours to complete as readers announce the names of the fallen soldiers in chronological order beginning at 8 a.m. At 2 p.m. the readers will pause to observe the nationwide "minute of silence". Speakers from the Bluegrass Collegiate Veterans Association and a military honor guard will close out the ceremony around 4 p.m. The event will be held on the patio of the Academic Technical Building on BCTC's Cooper campus, 470 Cooper Drive, Lexington, KY.
"Veterans Day is a sacred event," said Alex DeSha, coordinator for Military amp; Veteran Student Services at BCTC. "By joining this National Roll Call, BCTC and our student veteran organization are recognizing and honoring the sacrifices of the fallen while working to promote awareness for the living."
In addition to the roll call event, BCTC will also honor veterans on Tuesday, Nov. 8 and Wednesday, Nov. 9 from 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with information booths and events on the Cooper campus. Events will include 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, clothing drives, and free hamburgers and hotdogs for participants.
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.
For information about BCTC's Veterans Day events contact Alex DeSha, coordinator for Military amp; Veteran Student Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or (859)246-6820. For more information about the National Roll Call effort, contact Lt. Col. Brett Morris at email@example.com or visit va.eku.edu/rollcall to see a list of participating schools.