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ECC will host 2 Veterans Day ceremonies on Nov. 11

Veterans Day 2014

Photo from the 2014 Veterans Day ceremony.

The public is invited to attend one or both of the Veterans Day programs being hosted by Ellsworth Community College on Wednesday, Nov. 11. At noon there will be a formal veterans recognition ceremony in the lobby of Kruse Main Hall with remarks by Army Captain Katherine M. Barton, an Iowa native and veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. On a lighter note, at 7 pm there will be a Veterans Day Sing-along hosted by the ECC Diversity Committee and the One Book Club in the Hamilton Auditorium in Kruse Main.

All area veterans and friends of the military are invited to join ECC students, faculty and staff at these events.

The recognition ceremony at noon will include recognition of all veterans in attendance, remarks by Captain Barton, a performance by the ECC Choir of Lee Greenwood’s “Proud to be an American,” and the playing of “Taps” by ECC Band member Luis Juarez.

Captain Barton, currently the Government Relations Officer for the Iowa National Guard, is a resident of Ankeny. She enlisted in the Iowa Army National Guard as a senior in high school and attended basic training and advanced individual training at Fort Jackson, S.C. She was deployed as a Legal Specialist to Operation Iraqi Freedom from March 2003 to April 2004. After deployment, she attended Officer Candidate School and received her commission as a Second Lieutenant on Aug. 20, 2006. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Drake University. She was awarded the General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award in 2014 and was named to the 2015 Des Moines Business Record’s “Forty Under 40” list.

The Veterans Day Sing-along will feature songs from the World War II era, as well as service songs from various branches of the United States military. Popular songs from that era, like “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree” and “When the Lights Go On Again,” will also be sung.

“The sing-along will appeal to veterans and their families, history buffs, music lovers, and all those who enjoy singing,” says organizer ECC Music Professor Anne Sherve-Ose.

Veterans Day is an official federal holiday to honor all those who have served in the armed services. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed Armistice Day in 1919; it was changed by Congress to Veterans Day in 1954.

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