Northeast State will commemorate Veterans Day on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. with a special ceremony honoring the sacrifices and return of the nation’s servicemen and women.
Northeast State professor and retired United States Air Force TSgt. Allan Anderson will emcee the event. The ceremony will be held at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts on the Blountville campus.
Northeast State student Jennifer Gryder will perform the National Anthem. The Northeast State Women’s Ensemble will sing America, The Beautiful while the Men’s Ensemble will perform the modern patriotic standard God Bless the U.S.A. Northeast State student veteran Leeann Baker will present the POW/MIA Table Ceremony honoring American military members held as prisoners of war and those still listed as missing in action.
The College welcomes retired United States Army Lt. Col. David S. Clark as this year’s guest speaker. Clark graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and served for 23 years in the U.S. Army Active Duty and Reserves in various command and staff positions. Clark earned a master’s degree in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. He also served an associate professor at West Point where he taught Strategy and International Relations. He is currently an entrepreneur-businessman in Kingsport.
The College received a grant through the Veterans Reconnect Grant program earlier this year to improve awareness and services for veterans attending Northeast State. The College served more than 280 veteran students enrolled during the 2014-15 academic year.
The event is open to the public and the community is encouraged to attend. For more information, contact 423.323.0210 or pachandler@NortheastState.edu.