One day of recognition is not enough

Our country’s veterans have served honorably and bravely to ensure our freedoms. I cannot imagine what they’ve sacrificed for us, or what they’ve endured on our behalf. These quiet heroes of our armed services deserve our thanks and recognition for their service.

This week our colleges have events planned throughout the state to honor our veteran students and those in the community. They’re sponsoring numerous events on campus, sending thank you notes to veterans, donating funds raised from a chili cook-off to a local veterans’ group and participating in parades.

I’m so proud to see our colleges supporting and honoring veterans. Our veteran students are an important part of our campuses. They have wisdom and maturity that comes with the honor and sacrifice of military service. They are a wonderful support system for each other and leaders and mentors to other students.

Friday, we celebrate Veterans Day. It’s only one day of recognition for those who spent countless days in war fighting for our freedoms, keeping the peace or serving at a military base somewhere far from home and family. We owe these brave men and women and their families so much, and one day of recognition could never be enough. On behalf of all KCTCS faculty, staff and students, I’m proud to say: Thank you for your service!

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