NCCU to honor vets for more than one day
Posted November 11, 2013
Durham, N.C. — North Carolina Central University is turning Veterans Day into a week-long celebration.
A Monday morning ceremony at the entrance to the university kicked off a week of events and forums to recognize and support the men and women who have served the country.
The ceremony included a procession with military students, live music and remarks from veteran Diana Graham.
Later this week, a forum will provide free legal advice on veterans benefits, and a sky lantern release will remember fallen soldiers. A movie night and a meet-and-greet cookout also are planned, and an Armed Forces Appreciation Day is scheduled for Saturday's football game.
N.C. Central officials said they want to make military students feel appreciated.
"Veterans affairs is a tricky issue when it comes to dealing with veterans here on campus," said Kester Hackett, president of Eagle Vets, a veterans affairs organization at the university. "Even though you are a veteran transitioning into academia, you need to have a place where you feel welcome and feel safe."
N.C. Central University began putting more effort into supporting veterans about two years ago, opening a Veterans Affairs Office to cater to the needs of more than 400 student veterans.
Other Veterans Day celebrations across the Triangle included an annual pre-dawn 2-mile run by ROTC students at North Carolina State University, followed by an address by World War II veteran Robert MacNaughton.
WakeMed paid honor to the more than 270 veterans among its physicians, employees and volunteers, including its new interim Chief Executive Donald Gintzig, a retired Navy Reserve rear admiral.