On Veterans’ Day, a salute to those who have served

A Veterans’ Day greeting from MCC Chancellor Mark James:

Flags at half mast Today, Veterans’ Day, is a time for all of us at MCC to stand up and salute the women and men who serve and have served our country, risking their lives to protect the freedom that characterizes our great nation. We appreciate the selflessness of these service members and we applaud their immense courage in the face of danger, as well as the patience and bravery of their families here at home.

To the service members who attend, have attended or will attend MCC and to those among our staff, faculty and administration who have served: We thank you, not just on Veterans’ Day, but every day. The freedom that you have worked hard to secure affords Americans rights and privileges that are not enjoyed by citizens of every country, including the pursuit of higher education.

With sincere thanks and appreciation,

Mark James, chancellor


Metropolitan Community College is honored to serve the educational needs of those who have served our country in the Armed Forces. Each year, hundreds of student veterans come to MCC to pursue a college degree or to get training for a career. So, as we celebrate Veterans’ Day today, we take a moment to express our appreciation to all of the current and former service members and their families who study or work at MCC.

In honor of Veterans’ Day, special activities and initiatives are happening across MCC today:

  • MCC-Blue River
    • Don Redding, a prisoner of war (POW) in World War II, will speak at 10 a.m. in the Education Center, room 110. Don was a B-24 flight engineer and waist gunner and a member of the 456th Bomb Group in the 15th Air Force. On December 11, 1944 his plane went down. He spent several months in three different POW camps: Oburursal, Wetzlar, and Stalag Luft 1.
    • In CC 115, in the café area, there will be coffee, hot chocolate, cookies, music, and a Memory Wall. Students are invited to stop by for a treat and leave a message, story, or words of encouragement for veterans and active duty service members. 
    • Elite Cuisine is offering ½ price lunch for all veterans who show ID, and a portion of the proceeds from each “All American Meal” sold today will support The Wounded Warrior Project.  
  • MCC-Business & Technology
    • Students, employees and visitors are invited to write the name of a service member on a yellow star and place it on the Wall of Honor.
    • To celebrate the birthday of the U.S. Marines, join us in the Campus Center lobby for birthday cake.
    • Pause for a moment of silence to honor the Missing Man, a table exhibit with an empty place setting to represent fallen service members. 
  • MCC-Longview
    • Join us at 10:45 a.m. in front of the Campus Center for a moment of reflection, including a sounding of the patriotic bugle melody Taps, performed by MCC-Longview music instructor John Parcell.
  • MCC-Maple Woods
    • Students can pick up a yellow ribbon or small flag to put out on the Campus Center circle in honor of a fallen hero or deployed service member in their lives.
    • Students are invited to write a message to be added to a poster to create an American flag.
    • Cookies will be available for patriotic decoration during the day, and Late Night Snack Attack will offer cookies for evening students.
  • MCC-Penn Valley
    • The MCC-Penn Valley chapter of Student Veterans of America is hosting a ceremony at noon in the cafeteria (Campus Center, lower level) to recognize student and employee veterans, followed by a potluck luncheon at 12:30.

 Veterans, we commend you and we thank you for your service!

P.S. To learn more about the programs and resources available to student veterans, click here.