Haywood Community College held a Veteran’s Day Celebration on November 10 with veteran speakers from the Gulf, Vietnam, and Korean Wars. HCC Forest Management Technology student and HCC Veterans Club president Melvin Houston recited the poem “My Name is Old Glory.”

Bart Crowe, a Veteran from Desert Storm, told the crowd that just being at the celebration showed how much they cared. He says that through his time in the service, he made some good friends and lost some good friends.

Houston said, “Every soldier has their own story but they all stand for one thing-freedom.”

For Gary Shields, Vietnam Veteran, Veteran’s Day is a time to remember his buddies and to think about the community that welcomes you home from your time in the service.

Following the ceremony, HCC students, faculty, and staff took time to thank each veteran present. In addition, cards were signed to send to the troops still serving. The HCC community and special speakers enjoyed a barbeque lunch from HCC’s Student Government Association. Throughout the last few weeks, students, faculty, and staff have been gathering cookies, gum, and candy to send for the third shipment of “Cookies for the Troops.” Last year, the college sent over 127 pounds of cookies to Iraq and the year before, over 74 pounds was sent to Afghanistan.