By Kendall Harris / Staff Writer
The Veterans Club at LBCC reached out for Memorial Day by having people participate in the remembrance of fallen U.S. soldiers.
Students were encouraged to visit the club May 21 through May 23 and celebrate memories of loved ones they have lost to war.
Veteran Christina Cervantes, 23, a business administration major, said, “Memorial Day is a day to commemorate all the men and women who have fallen while serving in the United States military.”
In the Veterans Services office on May 21 from 8 a.m.-5:45 p.m. students and employees had a chance to fill out blank dog tags with the name of any loved ones they have lost due to war and want to remember.
Veterans Club president Gustavo Orozco said, “Our goal is to hopefully have all the dog tags fill up the whole board. The reason we decided to do this is to help bring exposure and make people aware of Memorial Day and the people who served.”
The monument was moved on May 22 from the Veterans Service office to the Nordic Lounge from 9a.m.-1p.m. Free donuts and coffee were provided.
Crystal Howard, 19, education major, said, “I would love to attend more things like this. I have a few family members that have fallen in the line of duty.
“It has a huge effect. Anytime you can celebrate or talk about people who have done so much for this country you should.
“It’s almost tragic that there are only a couple of holidays that we celebrate and give thanks to people who help protect us for so many years.”
The first Memorial Day Freedom Fair was given by the club on May 23 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Veterans Stadium.
People were able to fill out the monument board along with doing an Army fitness test with real Army drill sergeants, pie-eating contests, silent auctions, carnival games and an awards ceremony.
For information on all events or The Veterans Club contact firstname.lastname@example.org.