Veterans Day honors and those who served

 As we prepare to honor the brave men and women of the U.S. military this Veterans Day, Dallas Community Colleges are planning a variety of activities to honor the nation’s vets.

 Multiple DCCCD colleges will participate in the highly-anticipated Downtown Dallas Veterans Day Parade, Friday, Nov. 11. The theme for this year’s parade is “Honoring the Military Family.”

The parade will begin after the flag raising and 11th hour (11 a.m) ceremony in front of Dallas City Hall. The parade will begins approximately at noon at Reunion Arena and will proceed north on Houston Street, then east on Main Street, south on Ervay Street, west on Young Street, and south on Akard Street and before it passes in front of City Hall. Additional information about the parade is available at www.vetsdayindallas.org. Richland will have a float in the parade. Students are invited to participate. Even Mobius the duck will attend. This is the third year Richland has participate.

Kim Archer is coordinator of veteran’s services at Richland. She explains the importance of VA services on campus. “We are here to bridge the gap and remove stumbling blocks for students receiving military benefits,” she said. “We encourage military members getting out to apply for financial aid.” She encourages military members to begin the process early and notes that in some situations veterans might be eligible for grants.

Archer says VA offices across DCCCD have been working together for several years and that each campus will be participating in Veterans Day activities, although not necessarily on Veterans Day.

 Military Appreciation Day 2016 will take place on the Richland campus, Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in El Paso Hall. Archer encourages students, faculty and staff to submit pictures for the Wall of Heroes project on display for the week of Nov. 11 to 18. “It could even be a picture of themselves if they would like,” she said, and reminds participants to submit their pictures by Nov. 11.  Archer is also a proud Navy veteran and a Richland graduate.