Daytona State College (Daytona Beach, FL)
1200 West International Speedway Boulevard
Daytona Beach, FL
11:00 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, 2013
Neighborhood | Community
A full slate of activities will commemorate Veterans Day at Daytona State College on Monday, November 11th, highlighted by 12 local service men and women of World War II, Korea and Vietnam who will receive special recognition. This includes one of the first Navy WAVES, a 93-year-old woman.
Organized by the Daytona State Falcon Veterans Club and the college's Office of Co-Curricular Activities, the event runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Echo Plaza on the college's Daytona Beach Campus, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd.
One and all are welcome to attend the free, public event, particularly current and former service members interested in how Daytona State's Veterans Center can help with their transition into college life.
"As veterans ourselves, we're proud to host this event and show the community Daytona State's commitment to our veterans and war heroes," said Thomas Betty, head of the student-run Veterans Club.
Organizations taking part in DSC's Veterans Day commemoration include the American Ex-Prisoners of War Association, the Order of the Purple Heart, University of Central Florida PTSD Awareness and the Ormond Beach chapter of Rolling Thunder. The U.S. National Guard and various civilian organizations will add to the event with a collection of modern and vintage military assets.
Also marking the day, the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Color Guard will present the colors.
Among featured guest speakers is Dr. Melissa Paliani, a clinical psychologist with the Department of Veterans Affairs, who will speak about challenges veterans may face when transitioning into civilian life.
As part of its community service mission, the veterans club will donate money it has raised as a contribution toward the purchase of a wheelchair-accessible bathing unit for the Emory L. Bennett Memorial Veterans Nursing Home in Daytona Beach.
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