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AACC Launches Veterans Appreciation Celebration

Nov. 1, 2011

            Anne Arundel Community College will recognize and celebrate military service members, reservists and veterans with several events in honor of Veterans’ Day.

            The college will have its traditional Veterans’ Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at the amphitheater outside the Cade Center for Fine Arts on the west side of the Arnold campus. A highlight of the program is the reading of names of students, faculty, staff and their family members who are serving or have served in the military. In inclement weather, the ceremony will move to Cade Center for Fine Arts Room 224. A reception after the ceremony will be in the atrium of the adjacent Center for Applied Learning and Technology.

            After the ceremony until 1 p.m. in the dining hall in the Student Union, people can create cards for troops who are returning from deployment. The cards will be placed inside welcome-home bags as part of Operation Welcome Home at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport.

            New this year is a special 10-minute student activity recognizing both AACC’s 50th anniversary and veterans beginning promptly at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Cade amphitheater. A.J. Lassiter of Washington, D.C., a member of the AACC Dance Company, has choreographed a dance that the company will perform in celebration of both AACC’s 50th anniversary and the nation’s veterans. The AACC Student Association Campus Activities Board plans to participate in the event.

            Also new is an opportunity for the community to read tributes to military personnel, veterans and their families in “Witnesses to War: Open Mic Reading of Prose and Poetry By and About Veterans,” from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, in the Humanities Building Room 112 on the Arnold campus. Commentaries can recount experiences of those left at home as well as those deployed in battle. The event is free and sponsored by the AACC Cultural Events Committee.

            Throughout the week of Nov. 7-11, the AACC Dining Services and AACC Bookstore will offer coupons to AACC active and retired servicemembers and veterans. In addition, the college will be collecting unused cell phones from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the college’s Sarbanes Center for Community and Public Service in Room 314 of the Careers Center building on the Arnold campus.

            For information about any of these events, call 410-777-2341.