2012 veterans day activities



This year Veterans Day is on Monday, November 12, and to celebrate our veterans – students and employees – each campus is hosting appreciation events throughout the next two weeks.

Valencia is home to the second largest enrollment of veterans among Florida’s 28 state colleges, second only to Florida State College in Jacksonville, home of the Mayport Naval Station. We provide veterans services on all campuses, including assistance with VA benefits, student support, workshops and activities.

This September, Valencia made a military-friendly schools list, honoring the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students and ensure their success on campus.

Show your appreciation for our veterans by attending one of the many events on campus this year.

Thursday, November 8
West Campus Veterans Day Celebration

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: SSB Patio

A flag ceremony will be held to recognize fallen soldiers, and will include the flag that flew over the U.S.S. Arizona at Pearl Harbor. Sergeant Anthony Cali a student veteran has been selected to play Taps and give remarks, he has been deployed to Iraq three times and is currently a Florida National Guard Reservist. Representatives from all branches from the armed forces and the Orange County Veterans services office will be present. Any veteran who arrives at 12:00 p.m. will be invited to participate in a group photo that will be posted on Valencia’s Facebook page. For more information please contact Anthony Cali at acala@mail.valenciacollege.edu or at extension 1159.

Monday, November 12
East Campus Veterans Day Celebration

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: East Campus Mall Area

The East Campus celebration will include food tables, a DJ, and the Color Guard. The East Campus SGA president will give a speech. Songs, including the National Anthem will be sung, and there will be a slide show of Veterans. Service members are invited to pick up ribbons to wear throughout the week, and goody bags will also be given out.

Osceola Veterans Breakfast
 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
 Osceola Campus

Osceola’s SGA will be hosting a breakfast for all Veterans at the Osceola Campus.

Lake Nona Salutes Veterans Day
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Lake Nona, Little Bean Café and the Information Station

American flag pins will be distributed at the Information Station. Also, those who are wearing red, white, or blue, or a pin will be eligible for a free coffee, tea, or muffin from the Lake Nona Little Bean Café (limited to the first 100 people).

Veterans Awareness Information Table
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Winter Park, Portico

Themed refreshments will be offered, including cupcakes and Gatorade. American flags, and “Valencia Supports Veterans” ribbons for each branch will be offered. There will be information resources for Veterans, as well as Veteran’s Jeopardy, and a memory/message board for Veterans or anyone who knows or supports a Veteran to write messages on and sign.

Recognition of Veterans and Reception
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Osceola Campus, Clock Tower

The recognition event will feature local Civil Air Patrol Cadets and local high school ROTC students. There will also be a keynote presentation by Jasmin Cruz, a current Valencia employee who was a Sergeant in the Marine Corps. The reception following the event will be held in the Exhibition Hall. There will also be a panel discussion by our student and employee veterans in the Auditorium from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday November 13
Morning Stretch and PT Cadence Run
: 7:00 a.m.
Location: CJI

Put yourself in their shoes, and experience a taste of what it’s like to train in our military. Wear comfortable clothing and get ready to sweat!

Greeting Cards for Soldiers
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Osceola Campus, Atrium

Tables will be set up in the Atrium for students and employees to create greeting cards that will be sent to soldiers serving overseas during the holiday season.

Wednesday, November 14
Morning Stretch and PT Cadence Run
: 7:00 a.m.
Location: CJI

Put yourself in their shoes, and experience a taste of what it’s like to train in our military. Wear comfortable clothing and get ready to sweat!

Thursday, November 15
Drill and Ceremony Demonstrations (Tentative)

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: East Campus Mall Area

Veterans 5k Walk/Run
Date: Thursday November 15
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Location: Osceola Campus, Clock Tower

Come show your support for veterans by participating in this 5k walk/run! This event is free and is open for veterans and non-veterans alike, students, staff and community members. Team Red, White and Blue (RWB) is helping to coordinate the run. Their mission “is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.” To learn more about this organization visit their website http://teamrwb.org/.

Military Ball (Tentative)
Time: TBD
Location: West Campus, SEC

Friday, November 16
Hand to Hand Combative Level 1: CJI Defensive Tactics Area Obstacle Course
Location: CJI

Saturday, November 17
Ruck Sack March for Camaraderie Foundation
Time: 7:00 a.m.
Location: UCF

Participants will choose from a three, six, or 12-mile March with a 45 pound Ruck Sack.


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