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Veterans Week Nov. 9-13 to Honor Service Members and Vets

Veterans Week at Middlesex County College will feature an array of events – open to the public – that will highlight issues important to military veterans and non-veterans alike.

Activities include a speech by Raymond L. Zawacki, New Jersey deputy commissioner for Military and Veterans Affairs; packing supplies for Operation Shoebox, in which the community is invited to pack boxes of items to be shipped to service members overseas; a screening of the documentary “The Hornet’s Nest,” along with a speech by Cpl. Rory Hamill, who was in the firefight depicted in the film; and an art exhibit by student veterans called “Warpaint.”

“The theme of the week is Acknowledge, Appreciate and Contribute,” said Richard Feldman, coordinator of the MCC Veterans Services Center. “I think this week will allow MCC students and the general public to get to know and acknowledge our student-veteran population and appreciate the experiences they’ve been through. It should also be enjoyable and enriching.”

The program kicks off with a flag-raising ceremony in front of the College Center Monday, November 9 at 10:30 a.m., followed by a meet and greet at 11 a.m. in the College Center Corral. It will include a talk by Mr. Zawacki.

On Tuesday, November 10, as part of Operation Shoebox, the public is invited to join members of the MCC Veterans and Servicemembers Association to pack supplies collected from the College community. In addition, elementary schools in Edison have been collecting supplies as well – and they are competing to see which grade can collect the most. Items include soap, shampoo, granola bars, popcorn, batteries, candy, and other snacks. The elementary school students have also been writing letters to the service members and those will be included in the packages.

“This packing event is a great way for all of us to contribute and tangibly say thank you to our service members assigned overseas,” Mr. Feldman said. “Anyone can send us the name and address of a service member stationed overseas and we will make sure he or she receives a package.” Please email vets@middlesexcc.edu with the service member’s name and APO/FPO mailing address.

“The Hornet’s Nest” is a documentary with live, raw footage of a harrowing nine-day battle in Afghanistan. Cpl. Rory Hamill, who is featured in the documentary, will speak. It will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 12 in the Corral.

In addition, 13 works of art from the National Veterans Center in Washington will be displayed in the Studio Theatre Gallery, which is connected to the College Center. The exhibit will run weekdays, November 2-20, from 10 a.m. 6 p.m. The program, called “Warpaint,” was organized by the Student Veterans of America. It recognizes artistic talent among post-9/11 veterans. A total of 40 pieces hang in the Washington Center, including a piece by MCC alumnus Travis Barrett ’15.

For more information on Veterans week, please contact the MCC Veterans Services Center at 732-906-7770 or vets@middlesexcc.edu.

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