PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Owens Community College will honor American service men and women for their commitment and sacrifice by hosting a series of free Veterans Day community activities, Nov. 9 and 11.
Veterans Day events will occur on both the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. Owens’ Toledo-area Campus is located on Oregon Road in Perrysburg Township, while the Findlay-area Campus is located on Bright Road in Findlay. The activities are free and the public is encouraged to attend.
Beginning at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, Owens Office of Veterans Services will present the inaugural Veterans Expo in College Hall Room 100 on the Toledo-area Campus. Vietnam War veteran and author of “The Ghost Closet: Return to Vietnam on the Wings of D.O.V.E.” Tom Treece will serve as the event’s keynote speaker and provide attendees with insight into the D.O.V.E. (Development of Vietnam Endeavors) initiative, a non-profit organization comprised of Vietnam War veterans, Rotarians and concerned citizens who are dedicated to rebuilding the country of Vietnam. Additionally, Treece will speak about his own experience of returning to Vietnam and how helping others has impacted his life.
In addition to the lecture presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to visit with and receive information from several community outreach organizations, including U.S. Marines Toys for Tots, Cell Phones for Soldiers, the Toledo Outpatient Clinic OEF/OIF Program, Lucas County Veterans Services and the Ohio Secretary of State’s Vote in Honor of a Veteran. Heroes in Action’s organization will also be accepting donations as part of their veterans’ outreach efforts.
On Friday, Nov. 11, Owens Findlay-area Campus students and employees, as well as members of the community, are invited to gather in the College’s Conference Center to participate in a Remembrance Day National Roll Call event at 8 a.m. Following an opening ceremony, selected participants will begin reading the names of over 6,200 American service men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afghanistan during the past decade. The reading of the names will occur continuously until 2 p.m. when a moment of silence will be observed nationwide. Owens’ Remembrance Day National Roll Call event will conclude at 4:30 p.m. with a closing ceremony.
Coordinated by the Social Work Club on the Findlay-area Campus, the Remembrance Day National Roll Call is part of a nationwide effort to honor American service men and women who lost their lives while serving their country. The event is being sponsored nationally by the Veterans Knowledge Community of NASPA Student Affairs Administrator in Higher Education.
Owens’ Office of Veterans Services is dedicated to assisting veterans, active service persons, reservists and eligible dependents in their pursuit of a college education. To date, 318 individuals are involved in Owens’ veterans services programs. The College recently earned the distinction of being designated as a Military Friendly School by “G.I. Jobs”, a nationally-recognized magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The 2012 Military Friendly Schools listing honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools for exemplary efforts in embracing America’s military service members and veterans as students.
For more information about the upcoming Veterans Day activities, call (567) 661-8387 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 8387, or (567) 429-3029 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 3029.
- Owens Community College