Veterans Day 2014

Posted by on 11.19.14 in Community, Uncategorized

Good afternoon MCC Community:

The College recently recognized the contributions of the United States Armed Forces during our Veterans Day ceremony on November 11. Approximately 150 community members attended, including service veterans and active duty military.

It was particularly gratifying to see a the strong representation of World War II veterans, including six of whom were featured and individually recognized during a heartfelt talk by Richard Mullally, founder and director of the Muskegon County World War II Veteran Project. As the son of a WWII veteran (the late A.D. Nesbary, Sr.), I have a special connection and am in awe of the commitment made by the Greatest Generation from Muskegon County.

Against the backdrop of blustery conditions, the MCC ceremony began with the Muskegon High School Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) serving as the Honor Guard for the raising of the flag. U.S. Army veteran Jerry Conrad, an MCC adjunct instructor and local businessman, then led the Pledge of Allegiance,

While a drummer tapped a steady singular beat, the participants proceeded to the warmer confines of Bartels-Rode Gymnasium. The Grand Haven High School Chamber Orchestra, directed by Melissa D. Meyers, performed “America the Beautiful” and other patriotic songs. The Shoreline Chorus, under the direction of Annette Jurcevic, sang the National Anthem.  Rev. William Anderson, an Air Force veteran and pastor of Philadelphia Baptist Church in Muskegon, delivered the invocation.

Michigan State Senator Goeff Hansen, Michigan State Representatives Marcia Hovey-Wright and Collene Lamonte and County Commissioner Terry Sabo all took time from their busy schedules to join us.

Three speakers paid tribute to our military veterans:

  • Nancy Frye, a U.S. Air Force veteran and the MCC Board of Trustees secretary;
  • Brandy Ruel, a current MCC student who served with the National Guard on two tours of duty in Iraq and a tour of duty in Germany during the Afghan War; and
  • Richard Mullally.

The MCC Jaywalkers, under the direction of Thomas Clark, sang the military branch anthems while the veterans from each respective branch stood. A seven-member rifle squad from American Legion Posts 9 and 297 provided a 21-gun salute to honor America’s fallen heroes and MCC student Jack Harrison played Taps.

Always an emotional ceremony, the Veterans Day event at MCC evokes further feelings of gratitude among participants with the concluding joining of hands for the singing of “God Bless America,” led this year by the Shoreline Barbershop Chorus.

Formally, we recognize the contributions of our military veterans once a year, but our thanks and admiration for the freedom they defend never truly ends. Please visit this link to view a video of this year’s ceremony: http://www.muskegoncc.edu/veterans-day/.

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