Bainbridge State College recognized staff, faculty and student veterans on Tuesday with a Veterans Day Ceremony and luncheon with special guest speaker Senior Master Sargent Scott Morehouse.
Pamela Barnes, BSC Director of First Year Experience and Student Life, introduced Morehouse to the audience. He spent 21 and half years in the U.S. Air Force. He and his family moved to Bainbridge in June of this year when he accepted the position as a JROTC and aerospace science instructor at Bainbridge High School.
Morehouse began by thanking the college for inviting him to speak at the event and also to those on campus who put the event together. He proceeded in speaking on a topic, which he called “dear to our hearts.”
“Today I’m going to speak about a topic dear to our hearts. I’m going to speak about our veterans and what they have done for our country,” said Morehouse. “We the people of the United States have to honor those who sacrificed so much and served our country.”
He also gave the faculty, staff and students a brief history of Veterans Day, since it was the 95th anniversary of the holiday.
After World War I, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11, as the first Armistice Day because fighting ceased when Allied nations and Germany when the armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
It was not until the Korean War that the day became known as Veterans Day, a day to celebrate and honor America’s veterans for patriotism and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.
“There are a great number of people being honored today,” said Morehouse. “According to the Census Bureau, there are about 21 million military veterans living in the United States. These are the people who stood up to protect the ideals of this nation.”
Before concluding, Morehouse gave the audience an “assignment.”
He said, “Your assignment is to seek out a military veteran and thank him or her for serving our country.”
After the program, guests were welcome to stay for a luncheon.