Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Planning ECCC’s ‘Salute to Military’

Finalizing plans to honor military veterans during activities scheduled at East Central Community
College in Decatur are committee members (seated from left) Dr. Randall E. Lee, Vice President for Student Services; Jessica Gibson, Coordinator of Veteran’s Affairs and Enrollment Services; and Hunter Corhern, Director of Bands, all of ECCC; and (standing from left) SFC Russell Jones, MAJ Brian Hawkins and SGM Tony Ainsworth, of the 1/204th ADA Headquarters unit in Newton, which also serves Bay Springs, Forest and Morton. EC will honor the men and women in uniform during “Military Appreciation Night”
scheduled Thursday, Oct. 24, when the Warriors host Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in the season finale. Veterans and their families will receive a complimentary meal from 5 to 6 p.m. on the deck inside Bailey Stadium. Veterans are also invited to serve as team honorary co-captains prior to the 6:30 p.m. kickoff at Bailey Stadium. A tribute to America is planned during halftime ceremonies. ECCC is also hosting Veterans Appreciation Outreach Day scheduledWednesday, November 6.

A Breakfast Ceremony from 7 to 8 a.m. in Mabry Memorial Cafeteria begins the day’s events. Major General (Ret.) Bill Freeman of Newton will serve as guest speaker. A Mobile Health Clinic from the G. V. (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center will be available on campus from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to assist veterans with various needs and services. To RSVP for the Breakfast Ceremony and for more information, contact Jessica Gibson, at 601-635-6392 (e-mail jgibson@eccc.edu) or Belinda Chambers-Okafor, at 601-362-4471, ext. 5136/601-500.1156. (EC Photo)