Homecoming events to honor alumni and student veterans
Homecoming and Family Weekend 2016 will include events celebrating and honoring veterans on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 10–11. Director of Veterans Services and retired Lieutenant Colonel Robert Sanchez commented, “With respect for, and in recognition of, the contributions our service members have made to the cause of peace and freedom around the world, we are honored in joining our nation by recognizing the selfless service of all of our graduates and current students who have served in the military, or are currently serving in the Armed Forces.”
Events begin with a reception and welcome held in the Veterans Services Center on Nov. 10 from 4-6 p.m. The campus community, current student veterans, alumni veterans and their families are all invited for a time to reconnect with old friends and make new acquaintances while sharing stories and experiences of faith and service to our nation.
On Friday, Nov. 11, a veterans breakfast will be held in the north gallery of the Brandt Center at 8 a.m. hosted by the NNU Student Veterans Club, NNU Chapter of Student Veterans of America and NNU Veterans Services. The event will include a time of prayer, breakfast, patriotic music and guest speaker Dr. Ed Robinson, vice president for academic affairs.
At 10 a.m., the 2016 NNU Alumni Awards will be presented in chapel, which will conclude with a tribute to veterans and those in military service. Following chapel, all members of the NNU campus and surrounding communities are invited to attend the annual Veterans Day Ceremony honoring all of our veterans past, present and future. The event will be held in the Brandt Center at 11:30 a.m. and will include a military color guard, patriotic music and a special guest speaker.
Later that day, the Veterans Services Office is hosting a Community Open House from noon to 5 p.m. as well as a veterans panel discussion at 2 p.m. in the Veterans Service Center. The panel of Army, Navy, Marine and Coast Guard veterans of all major conflicts and wars will be present to discuss veteran-specific issues, special moments and challenges that have impacted and shaped their lives.
Concluding the events is a Veterans Presentation of Colors at the Homecoming basketball game starting at 8 p.m. During the national anthem, our alumni veterans are invited to stand shoulder to shoulder with our student-athletes representing NNU and Simpson University. Following a veterans group photo, veterans and their families are invited to a reception at the Johnson Sports Center Ferdinand Suite.