Everyone is both welcome and invited to attend this year’s Veteran’s Day Ceremony at Rhode Island College. The event is this Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m and is hosted by both the Military Resource Center and Student Veterans of America (SVA) at RIC. The ceremony is intended to honor and recognize those who have served their country, which includes RIC’s 320 military-affiliated students.
“An event like this takes a significant amount of planning,” Chris Fordham, Vice President of RIC’s SVA, said when asked what goes into planning this ceremony. “Initially we started planning this roughly two months ago. There are contacts both on and off campus that we have to reach out to in order to request support for the event. The members of the MRC and SVA have worked hard to make sure all the details of an event like this are thoroughly looked at. Taking s brief moment from our lives to recognize our brothers and sisters on Veterans Day is an honor worthy of being a part of.”
This event is set to take place on the East Quad, located near the steps of the Murray Center. In the event of rain, Gaige Hall is a backup location.
Attendees must check in with Campus Police at RIC’s Welcome Center to get a parking tag, which is located at the Mt. Pleasant avenue entrance. The lots available to park in with the visitor tag are listed here under the tab “Parking Lots.”
The ceremony will start with a presentation of the National Colors and the playing of the United States National Anthem. Then a few speeches will be given along with the awarding of two awards. These two awards will go to members of the faculty who have gone above and beyond in support of RIC’s student veteran population.
Fordham further explained the importance of having an event such as this on campus.
He said, “The event is an honor to be a part of; from planning to the actual execution, all veterans deserve a moment to be shown that their sacrifices do not go unseen. The service men and women who have given so much deserve the opportunity to be honored and shown that the school/campus acknowledges their dedication to their service and their country.”