Honoring Those Who Fell, Supporting Those Who Served

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Portland Air National Guard at Clark

Members of the 142nd Wing of the Portland Air National Guard formed the color guard that opened the Veterans Resource Center ribbon-cutting event on May 22.

The Thursday before Memorial Day, Clark College held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its recently opened Veterans Resource Center (VRC).

The event began with a color guard presentation and the singing of the National Anthem by student Petya Grozeva. VRC Coordinator Kurt Kolch introduced the event by reminding guests that unlike Veterans Day, which honors those among us who have served in the military, Memorial Day is a day to remember those men and women who died while serving.

Physics professor Dick Shamrell, a 25-year Air Force veteran, spoke about how veterans resource centers like Clark’s helped he and his wife succeed at careers outside of the military. He said his military experience enriches his teaching–when asked by a student what the speed of sound was, for example, he can accurately describe what is is like to go twice that speed.

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