NRCC to participate in Remembrance Day National Roll Call
|Following the 10th anniversary of September 11 tragedy, New River Community College 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 100 college and universities across the nation will read the names of the 6,200-plus casualties of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF), now called Operation New Dawn.
NRCC’s reading will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the student lounge in Martin Hall and is expected take nearly eight hours to complete as readers announce the names in chronological order. Fifteen NRCC faculty and staff volunteers along with several students will take turns reading for approximately 30 minutes each.
Each campus participating in Remembrance Day National Roll Call will observe at 2:00 p.m. EST, a simultaneous nationwide minute of silence. Currently more than 117 schools in 43 states plus the District of Columbia have agreed to participate in the event.
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.
Lt. Col. (Ret) Brett Morris, the National Roll Call coordinator, said, “We wanted to rally campus communities across the nation to send a powerful message to the troops currently serving that their peers have not forgotten their sacrifices, or those of the fallen.”