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TSTC Pays Tribute to Fallen Heroes

Friday, May 23, 2014
By Eladio Jaimez

Memorial DayTSTC veterans and friends gathered at the flagpole on the north side of the campus for a Memorial Day Observance at Texas State Technical College that included a moment of silence, the playing of Taps and a 21-gun salute.

The observance was held on Friday as the campus will be closed on Monday in observance of Memorial Day.

In honor of the 6,808 American servicemen and women that paid the ultimate price in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Veterans Center along with Media Services hosted a National Remembrance Roll Call on the television screens across campus throughout the morning.The observance followed at noon.

American Legion Post 205 provided the playing of Taps and the 21-gun salute. The Police Academy cadets were in attendance as well as administrators, students and veterans.

Veterans Center Director Steve Guevara reminded everyone that Memorial Day was a day to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and their families.

"It's a day of observance and remembrance," said Guevara, a veteran himself. "We have a lot of students who are veterans but this wasn't just for us. It's to show that we're all here to remember and honor all the servicemen and women that have perished from our community and across the country."

Guevara leads a fairly new Veterans Center that has become a hub for student-veterans at TSTC to congregate and meet other veterans. The center opened last year and is used as a centralized resource department. The Veterans Center assists in providing outreach, services, advisement, and educational success for veterans.

For 12-year Air Force veteran and Computer Networking and Security Technology student Marco Carreon, the observance and center show the dedication and commitment that TSTC has made to facilitate the transition from military to civilian life.

"That Veterans Center has become a focal point for us veterans on campus," said Carreon, a Harlingen resident. "And this service was vital not just for us but for the American public as a reminder of the sacrifice not just for past and current generations, but future ones too."

This past academic year, 238 veterans and 103 veteran dependents enrolled at TSTC. For more information on Veteran Services or the Veterans Center, go to http://www.tstc.edu/harlingenva.

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