LCC honors military veterans
Local veterans, LCC faculty and staff were in attendance for the fifth annual Veterans Memorial Induction Ceremony on Veterans’ Day, Nov 11.
The event was held inside the Fred Abood Rotunda in the Health and Human Services Building.
LCC inducted four new veterans to the college’s memorial this year.
U.S. Army Corporal William R. Gardner, U.S. Army Corporal Merlin Guilford, U.S. Army Field Lineman Lawrence A. Holliday and U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Richard A. Rann were chosen as inductees.
The opening of the ceremony was led by retired Colonel and director of LCC’s Aviation Technology Program, Mark Cosgrove.
“LCC is a veteran-friendly college,” Cosgrove said. “It is evident in many different ways. Certainly through a number of programs and departments, especially our military to paramedic program. It was started right here in support of veterans.”
Pastor Sean Holland from the Epicenter of Worship entertained the audience, playing saxophone to the tune of God Bless America.
Cosgrove took the podium again to ask audience members who have served in the military to stand and be recognized for service to their country.
LCC President Brent Knight was in attendance for the event. He offered his thoughts on Veterans’ Day and what serving in the military truly means.
“Throughout the years warfare has certainly changed, the size and scope of our military has evolved and certainly our global presence continues to shift, but our commitment to our nation’s heroes, heroes of all eras, has never wavered,” Knight said.
“Our beautiful interactive exhibit was created in 2010 to honor the military heroes from Michigan who have served our great nation. We honor them not only through this memorial but through the educational opportunities and support we offer veterans every day.”
Each inductee received a crystal memento award honoring them for their military service.
After the veterans received their awards, a video presentation showcasing the inductees’ military achievements was shown.
Following the video, William Crenshaw sang a rendition of Wind Beneath My Wings.
Inductee Holliday said it felt good to be one of the inductees chosen for LCC’s Veterans’ Memorial.
Gardner, another of the inductees, spoke on being honored in front of family and friends.
“It’s really exciting,” Gardner said. “I am lucky to be here at my age.”