Wilmington, NC – Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) will honor military veterans tomorrow at noon with a special Veterans Day ceremony. The event will feature the national anthem, remarks from a retired military serviceman and a display of Honor Flags that recognize CFCC’s student and staff veterans and their loved ones. All active and retired members of the military are welcome to attend. The ceremony will be held in Tabitha’s Courtyard, located on the 400 block of Front Street.
Staff Sergeant David Nilson, a retired US Marine and student at CFCC, will speak about his experiences in Afghanistan and as a student veteran at CFCC. Nilson’s military service dog, Sonny, will join him. Sonny proved Nilson’s faithful companion while serving in Afghanistan and together, the pair specialized in locating improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Since retiring, Nilson and Sonny have reunited and now reside in Wilmington.
The veteran population is especially important to CFCC, as veterans represent an estimated 10% of the college’s student body. In fact, CFCC opened the Student Veterans Center in 2010 to better serve the needs of a growing military population in the area.
CFCC is happy to announce that it has again been named a Military Friendly School for 2016 by Victory Media, a company that recognizes higher-education institutions that exhibit leading services to post-military students.
“We are honored to be able to assist our student veterans achieve their educational goals,” said Dr. Amanda Lee, CFCC president. “Achieving the status of Military Friendly is important to us, because it conveys to our student veterans that we are invested in their college journey and committed to helping them be successful.”
Wednesday’s event is free and open to the public.
For more information about the event or CFCC’s veteran services, visit CFCC’s Student Veteran Center website at www.cfcc.edu/veterans.