Parkland College will honor the many students and staff who have served their country in the United States military. The 2015 Veterans Day Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, November 11 at 11 a.m. in the Parkland Student Union.
The event will include a University of Illinois ROTC color guard presentation/posting of the colors; the National Anthem from Parkland student Joseph Kirby; a welcome from Parkland President Thomas Ramage; and presentation of the veterans by Tim Wendt, director of enrollment services and an Army veteran.
The featured speaker will be Harold Huffman, a World War II veteran. Huffman was a tech sargent in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. He served as the gunner and engineer on a B17 Bomber. He was a POW and is a four-time recipient of the Air Medal for meritorious military achievement while in flight. After the war, Tech Sgt. Huffman was a manager at Black’s Hardware in Champaign for 25 years.
Kristina Taylor, coordinator of veterans and military personnel student services at Parkland, will provide closing remarks. The observance will end with a moment of silence; the playing of Taps by Josh Billingsley, a member of the U.S. Army Band; and the retiring of the colors.
This ceremony is sponsored by the Student Veterans Association at Parkland (SVAP),
the Parkland Honors program, and the Parkland Scholars program.