Northeast State will commemorate Veterans Day with a special ceremony on Monday, Nov. 12 at 1:30 p.m. honoring the sacrifices and return of the nation’s servicemen and women at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts on the main campus in Blountville.
The Northeast State Singers will perform the national anthem and present a musical salute to the armed forces. The ceremony’s guest speaker is USN (Ret.) Lt. CMDR M.S. “Rusty” Wishon who will talk about his experiences as a commander in the United States Navy.
Northeast State students who are also military veterans will present the service colors. Those students are: Herman Emmert, United States Army; Brian Hinkle, United States Navy; James Johnson, United States Marine Corps; Danny Jinks, United States Air Force; and Jeff Miller, United States Coast Guard. All are military flag bearers represent the branches of services for which they served. Veteran David Martinez will present the American flag and fellow veteran Robert Yates will present the flag of the State of Tennessee.
Northeast State enrolls scores of students classified as veterans, many of whom have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan. The Post 9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for education and housing to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service on or after Sept. 11, 2001. The college administers the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program which offers up to 12 months of training assistance to unemployed veterans age 35 and over.
The event is open to the public and the community is encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Allan Anderson at 423.354.2598 or aranderson@NortheastState.edu.