American flags lined the walkways of Vanguard University on September 11 thanks to Vanguard’s veterans club. Knowing the sacrifice required to serve this country, Vanguard’s student veterans and the Veterans Center purposed to honor and remember the victims and the heroes of 9/11.
The open house was held in the Veterans Courtyard of Honor and the Veterans Resource Center. Dominica Scibetta, the veterans resource services coordinator, said the evening was a “huge success.” It was a great time to interact with students, community leaders, faculty and staff. Refreshments were provided, attendees walked through the Veterans Resource Center and a candlelight vigil was held.
Reflecting on the event as a whole, Scibetta said: “It was a touching moment in which we saw the Vanguard community partner with outside organizations to honor the lives lost on September 11 and recognize the bravery of the service members who have fought for our nation.”
As vice president of Vanguard’s student veterans club, Jonathan Ramer took part in hosting the event. The theme for this year’s Patriot Day open house was the “9/11 soldiers from today becoming the leaders of tomorrow,” Ramer said. It was a time to reflect on the sacrifices made on the day of the attacks and the sacrifices service men and women continue to make today.
“Despite the fact it has been 12 years since the event, veterans should never be forgotten and the sacrifices made to have our freedoms should never be taken for granted,” Ramer said.
To learn more about the Vanguard Veterans Center, click here.