Veterans Day at Garrett Community College

By Bob • Event, Photojournalism • 11 Nov 2011

Fallen Soldier Battle Cross

Danielle at my office hung up some flyers about an event at GCC a few weeks ago that I thought would be pretty interesting.  They are participating in a Remembrance Day National Roll Call of all the veterans from the Iraq war from the last ten years.  A total of 6313 names will be read today by family, friends, vets, and local dignitaries including a retired two star General today.  There are 183 schools participating the reading of the Roll Call today across the nation.  A moment of silence will be conducted at all of the schools at 2 PM.

When I went up to Garrett College to snap off some photos to help commemorate the day, they had an opening on their roster of readers, so I will be reading 100 names today.  In case you didn’t know, I’m a veteran too.  I served for eight years and participated in Operation Desert Storm.  I was deployed to Stuttgart Germany for the first 100 hour war in Iraq back in 1991.  I have a lot of military buddies and fortunately, I still have them.  I will be honored to read the names of these 100 warriors today.  I am reading a list of the vets that perished from April 23, 2011 to June 24, 2011.  They range from Private to Lieutenant Colonel from all over the United States. If you are looking for a way to honor the fallen, stop by the college today.   Taps and 21 gun salute at 4:30.


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3 Responses

  1. Anna Preston

    Wonderful tribute, Garrett! My father was Navy retired, Master Chief E9, and then civilian service at a Naval base and retired. He passed away in 1998. He would have been proud to be honored in such a way. Thank you.

  2. Danielle

    Thanks so much for coming out to participate! It was wonderful to see so much community involvment. I did want to post a correction, though. It’s Cissy’s brother that is buried in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Thanks again, Bob!

  3. Bob

    Thanks Danielle. I will correct that.

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