MiraCosta College recognizes the dedication & sacrifices of the brave individuals who have answered the Constitution’s call to “provide for the common defense.” We salute you! Thank you for your service and sacrifice. In observance of the Veterans Day holiday, MiraCosta College is closed Nov 11.
Excellent work on the Veterans Day 2020 video
designed, produced, and edited by MiraCostans Patrick Hays, former Veterans Club President, with the voice narration by Johnny Walker, former Veterans Club Vice President.
Today we honor all those who have served our country and thank them for their sacrifice. Because the Vets Club was unable to host their usual ceremony, the Club chose to put together a video that included some pictures of active duty service members and veterans at MiraCosta College.
In regards to what Veterans Day means to them, here are a few responses from participants:
· “Veterans Day to me means that we get to honor the service members that made sacrifices to serve their country and to make a difference in their lives and the lives of those who served with them.”
· “Most people get Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day confused. Memorial Day honors those who have already passed on, some on the battlefield and some in life. Veteran’s day honors those who have served, and those who are still serving. I feel that the day is more about my brothers and sisters rather than us wanting people to thank us for our service or pat us on the back. I think of it as day of community role call, where we gather at events for a brief moment and can look at a fellow vet in the eye, some from different services others from different times, knowing we have a common bond. We stood in the gap of our own free will and we are still here for each other and our country if ever needed again.”
· “Veteran's Day is a celebration of the individuals that chose to sign a blank check worth up to the value of their life. I am thankful for all of my friends that survived the challenges (both mental and physical) that the military put in front of them. Veteran's Day just gives me a specific day to think about celebrating all those that are still living after having served our great nation.”
Participants were also asked how their service positively impacted their lives:
· “My service has impacted my life by giving me a direction to follow. It allows me the ability to make better choices. It allows me to go to college and follow my dream.”
· “My service took me from a completely adrift and undisciplined teenager who almost didn't graduate high school to sitting in Afghan villages successfully brokering deals with tribal elders and warlords. That's the sexy version of the impact. It also taught me to see life in a completely different manner. It taught me the value of hard work and camaraderie. It taught me that violence must be a last resort and that war does not often produce the desired outcome. It taught me the importance of maintaining our humanity no matter the cost. My service taught me the value of human life.”
· “It means the world to me. I see my American cultural orientation through the lens of a/my veteran experience. I walked a proud veteran more than a proud American. Today, I'm prone to identify as a vet, than as a faculty with a Ph.D It is indeed my life!”
· “My service brought me an extended family that I’ll never forget and my husband.”