“Education has the right to be protected, along with so many inalienable rights, and we appreciate everything that our veterans have done for us,” Bruce Barker stated as he welcomed the large group of students, staff, community members, and veterans to CVTC and the Veterans Day ceremony.
The highlight of the ceremony came when Jared Myers, CVTC pre-program Criminal Justice student spoke to the group. Jared is a 2001 graduate of Elk Mound High School and started at CVTC that fall. When September 11 took place, he, among many other men and women like him, made the decision to join the armed forces. Jared joined the Marines. “It changed my life. I needed to do my part to protect my country.”
After basic training he spent a little time in Okinawa Japan but was quickly deployed to Fallujah Iraq. After four years of serving as a Marine, he was able to come back home. “Coming back home was a challenging task,” stated Jared. “As with most coming back from the war, I had to overcome some issues and find my fit into society again. I knew that I couldn’t feel sorry for myself, and I had to give my best effort for myself and for those who were unable to come back home.”
“Coming back to CVTC was one of the best decisions I made and everyone has been so supportive. The staff wants to see me succeed,” Jared shared with the group. “But I’m here today for my friends who are unable to be here. They paid the ultimate price and that goes above and beyond what I’ve done. They are the true heroes.”
The Veterans Day Ceremony concluded with Lloyd Huebner, a member of the Sunrise Exchange Club, presenting the final plaque that will go on the donated Freedom Shrine.
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