Veterans Day Celebrated Across Campuses

San Jacinto College held its annual Veterans Day ceremonies at each of its campuses on Monday, Nov. 11. Students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community members attended the events to honor and thank the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country.

This year, each campus veteran center was presented with a plaque from Kelly Frels, son of World War I veteran Leon Frels, featuring a battlefield poem he wrote while serving with the U.S. Army’s 90th Division, 360th Infantry American Exploration Platoon. Frels, who attended the Maritime Campus ceremony, told attendees that his father kept detailed diaries during his time in the Army during WWI and had actually written an entry on Nov. 11, 1918, while in France that simply stated, “Hostilities have ceased.”

Originally known as Armistice Day, Nov. 11, 1918, is the day that major conflicts of WWI were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. In 1954, at the request of major U.S. veteran organizations, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day to honor all U.S. military veterans.

In addition to the plaque presentations, two veteran students from each campus were also presented with scholarships by the San Jacinto College Foundation. The 2019 veteran student scholarship recipients are: Central Campus: Certificate and plaque: Ray Martinez, U.S. Navy, and Brook Nwanna, U.S. Army; North Campus: Cristal Salvador, U.S. Army, and Luis Enriquez, U.S. Navy; South Campus: Yazbel Vazquez, U.S. Army, and Danny Strzyzewski, U.S. Army; and Maritime Campus: Charles Lanham, U.S. Army, and Kevin Stephens, U.S. Navy.

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