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HPU Veteran’s Day--We Salute You.

God. Family. Country. That is High Point University’s slogan, and I am proud to be an alumna and current graduate student here. Today is a very special day and that is Veterans Day. Many of us know family members and/or friends who have served our country to protect our freedom and today we thank them and recognize their sacrifices for us. I was proud to have been able to attend the 11th Annual HPU Veterans Day Celebration where I was surrounded by many heroes and got to hear Dr. Nido Qubein speak and honor the veterans that stood before us today in the new Nido and Mariana Qubein Arena, Conference Center and Hotel.

At the event, veterans and families were greeted by the student body and a warm breakfast meal. During this time many people were able to socialize together and even reunite with some of their friends from around the High Point community. Later, Dr. Qubein took to the stage and gave a wonderful opening speech and properly recognized the veterans. The guest speaker of this year’s Veterans Day Celebration was retired Col. Vance Cryer, who is now the senior manager for Lockhead Martin Missiles. I was personally drawn to his speech because he was able to add personal anecdotes that the audience could relate to.

High Point University gives back to the community in many ways and today they shed the light on one specific service that HPU does is donate about 100 American flags to local nonprofits, schools, and government buildings. If you are interested in having a flag, please contact High Point University.

Before the celebration ended, all veterans were gifted with a custom HPU Veterans Day blanket and those who didn’t serve were also gifted the iconic purple “God, Family, Country” t-shirt. The celebration was so beautiful with the HPU Chamber choir singing America the Beautiful while Clark the bald eagle flew across the audience. What a great way to end the celebration.

Veterans Day may only be today, but we are thankful, and we recognize all of those who have served and who continuously serve to protect our freedom for the United States of America.