Last Tuesday, November 11th, our nation recognized Veterans Day, allowing us to share our gratitude for the sacrifices made by our service me and women and their families. In honor of the many Veterans at Saddleback College and in our community, there were several events offered on campus last week. We take pride in the long and recognized history of the college serving and celebrating the military service of our nation’s heroes.
The week started with the Veterans Education and Transition Services (VETS) program hosting a Veterans Day ceremony at the Saddleback College Veterans Memorial. The brief and solemn event featured Colonel Joe Snyder, Marine Corps Vietnam Veteran, and student speaker Gregory Zaborski, a Marine Corps OIF /OEF Veteran. During the event, a POW/MIA Flag was flow over the Veterans Memorial donated by Saddleback College student and Vietnam Veteran Len Rugh.
Also during Veterans Week, the Saddleback College Veterans Student Council honored Veterans with many events and activities. Events included a Combat Fitness Course and a fundraising BBQ which included special guests from the Orange County Freedom Committee.
The Field of Flags memorial, as seen in the photo above taken by Micheal O’Meara, honored those Veterans who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms. This moving tribute by the student Veterans Council to service men and women was located in front of the Veterans Memorial.
The week of events culminated in a training for instructional faculty on “The Learning Needs of Student Veterans.”
We greatly appreciate our VETS Program team and our student Veterans for their work in recognizing the sacrifices made by our many Veterans in protecting us from harm, and for ensuring each and every day that our student veterans have peers to turn to as they pursue their personal and academic endeavors. We also greatly appreciate our faculty, staff, and management who dedicate their time to work with students in our VETS Center and VA Office in the Student Payment Center. It is because of these professionals and their commitment to this revered group of students that Saddleback is renowned for its comprehensive and responsive Veterans support and services.
Tod A. Burnett, Ed.D.