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Veterans receive salute at CCCC in Sanford

Click to enlarge,  Members of the Southern Lee High School JROTC program participate in the Veterans Day observance on Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center.

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Click to enlarge,  Colonel (Ret.) Ronald Rabin, who serves as a member of the North Carolina Senate, provided opening remarks at the Veterans Day observance on Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center.

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Click to enlarge,  Frank R. Bedoe Sr., who is Central Carolina Community College Director of Campus Security, was among the speakers at the Veterans Day observance on Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center.

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Click to enlarge,  Michael J. Morris, a current Central Carolina Community College student, was among the speakers at the Veterans Day observance on Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center.

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Click to enlarge,  Richard C. Biggs, MSgt., U.S. Air Force Retired, who currently serves as an instructor in Central Carolina Community College's Information Technology program, was Master of Ceremony at the Veterans Day observance on Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center.

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11.18.2016College & CommunityCollege GeneralSpecial Events

SANFORD - Veterans Day was observed on Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Central Carolina Community College Lee Main Campus. The event took place in front of the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center.

The speakers were Frank R. Bedoe Sr., who is CCCC Director of Campus Security and Safety, and Michael J. Morris, a current CCCC student.

"Many life lessons were learned during that time," said Bedoe, who was an E-5 Sgt. serving in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1967-70. During that time, he served in Vietnam. "I learned loyalty. I learned leadership. I learned discipline. I learned teamwork. I learned perseverance. I learned how to adapt. And I learned what brotherhood meant."

Morris, Ret. First Sergeant, who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), noted that he is overwhelmed with the realities of what veterans have faced and what selfless service truly means. "Veterans Day, to me, is about honor," he said. "It's serving our country, community, and our family."

Colonel (Ret.) Ronald Rabin, who serves as a member of the North Carolina Senate, provided opening remarks. "What the Army did for me most is make me appreciate what a great country this is and how much we owe to our country," said Rabin. "Our country is a great, great country. I learned more and more about it as I fought for it and I hold it more and more dear. There is no country in the world as great as the United States of America."

The Master of Ceremony was Richard C. Biggs, MSgt., U.S. Air Force Retired, who served for 22 years. He was a C-130 Flight Engineer who served in Desert Shield/Desert Storm and currently serves as an instructor in CCCC's Information Technology program.

Members of the Southern Lee High School JROTC program participated in the ceremony.

"Central Carolina Community College is part of a network of community colleges that support our veterans and understand that as they transition out of the military that many times they're looking for a way to increase their educational knowledge to move into the workforce," said Dr. T. Eston Marchant, CCCC President. "We have a lot of veterans who attend here and we have a lot of veterans who are employed here at Central Carolina Community College -- and we're very proud to be known as a veterans-friendly college."

The event was organized through a joint effort between CCCC's Military Veteran Task Force and the Veterans Upward Bound TRiO Program. Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) is an educational program for veterans funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, and serves 125 veterans in Chatham, Harnett, Lee, Johnston, and Wake counties in their preparation for college entrance.

For more information about Veterans Upward Bound, visit the website www.cccc.edu/vub.