Triad Universities Honor Veterans

6:43 PM, Nov 12, 2012   |    comments
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(Triad)-- Monday, the University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG) held a Veterans Day Roll Call & Remembrance.

The program started at 6:00am and ended at 3pm. It opened with the Presentation of Colors by members of the ROTC Air Force from NC A&T. A national roll call of 200 names of service members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan was read off out loud. There was a National Minute of Silence and retiring of colors at 3pm.

In Winston-Salem Wake Forest School of Business held a special ceremony to honor veterans. The ceremony was from 1pm until 2pm in the Worrell Professional Center courtyard. It included the playing of Taps, Color Guard and National Anthem sung by freshman Lauren Darnis.

Sunday, High Point University honored veterans by showing the Telly Award-winning documentary, "The High Price for Victory" on Nov. 11.

The film was directed and co-produced by HPU student Ross Weathersbee's parents Louis and Amy Asbury. Following the film, the Asburys engaged in a Q&A with the audience.

In addition to a Telly Award, the documentary won Audience Choice Award at Real to Reel International Film Festival this year. It is a personal and searing testament to the men and women who fought in World War II. With interviews of veterans and actual images and film from the war, the feelings, insights and memories achieve a personal edge rarely seen on this subject. The documentary creates a new experience for the viewer, as seen through the veterans' own eyes.

"Veterans Day is always a special day at HPU and we were excited to show a documentary, something different than what we normally do," says Hillary Kokajko, director of student activities and campus engagement. "I'm beyond grateful for those who have served our country, especially because my father is a Vietnam Veteran, so we should remember to thank them regularly, not just on this day."

In addition to the film, ROTC members hosted an event for students to write letters to troops overseas in hopes of them arriving in time for the holidays. They also raised money for Operation Second Chance, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting veterans and their families while they recover in military hospitals.

"ROTC was able to send more than 2,000 letters to our troops," said Kokajko. "We did this last year as well and I'm proud of our students for showing their support to those fighting for our country."

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