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President Abraham Lincoln acknowledged the nation’s obligation to veterans in his second inaugural address when he issued the call to “care for him who has borne the battle.” South Florida State College will honor those who gave all or part of their lives to military service at a Veterans Day ceremony on Friday, Nov. 10, at 10:45 a.m., in front of the flagpoles on the Highlands Campus, Avon Park. The public is welcome.
Tim Backer, chair of the college’s District Board of Trustees, will open the ceremony with a welcome message, and Air Force veteran Jennifer Groves will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Reflections on military service will be delivered by two SFSC students: Air Force veteran Kaelyn Fort and Marine Corps veteran Christopher Wingate. Student Services advising and retention specialist Robert Hampton, a Marine Corps veteran, will conduct the Veteran Celebration formation, and official remarks will be delivered by State Rep. Cary Pigman, M.D., a veteran of the Navy and Army. Army veteran Ben Carter, director of outreach and student support, will deliver the benediction.
After the ceremony, everyone is welcome to join veterans and military service members in the annual remembrance walk around the Highlands Campus.
Erik Christensen, dean of Applied Sciences and Technologies, is organizing the ceremony with sponsorship from the SFSC Chapter of the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC). Other participants include the Avon Park High School Air Force Junior ROTC, Assembly #3203 of the Knights of Columbus, RSVP of Highlands County, the SFSC Criminal Justice Academy, and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1097.