Veterans Day Remembrance Ceremony
South Florida State College held a Veterans Day Ceremony and Remembrance Walk on Nov. 11 on the Highlands Campus. “It was an honor and a privilege to have served our great nation in uniform for almost 23 years,” said Erik Christensen. “Now, as I am serving our community, I am able to integrate many of my real-life military experiences when explaining physics principles to my students.”
“Today, we offer our most heartfelt gratitude for all men and women who unselfishly served our country to preserve freedom,” said Dr. Thomas Leitzel, SFSC president. “This day we set aside to acknowledge the dedication of all military veterans who served.”
“Veteran’s Day is a day when every American has the opportunity to stand up and show their gratitude to brave men and women who have worn a military uniform,” said Adam Martin, SFSC business instructor and U.S. Army veteran. “The day honors all members of the military, past and present. It is a day of remembrance, pride, and patriotism to never forget the sacrifices made, on behalf of a nation, to support and defend the Constitution of the United State of America.”
The Veterans Day Ceremony was followed by a Remembrance Walk around the SFSC Highlands Campus. The walk was led by the Avon Park High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Core (AFJROTC), Knights of Columbus Assembly #3203, RSVP of Highlands County, SFSC Performing Arts Club, and SFSC’s Public Service Academy students.
The program included guest speakers CSM Cesar Pizon, U.S. Army veteran; Dr. Thomas Leitzel, SFSC president; Patrick Nyhan, SFSC student and U.S. Army veteran; George Rasmussen, SFSC student and U.S. Navy veteran; LTC Cary Pigman, State Representative and U.S. Navy and U.S. Army veteran; Dr. Michael McLeod, event organizer and U.S. Army veteran; Adam Martin, U.S. Army veteran; and Bishop Ben Carter, U.S. Army veteran.