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Radford University’s College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences (CHBS) and ROTC program hosted their second annual holiday card-signing event from Nov. 5-9 on the first floor of the Bonnie in efforts to encourage the Radford community to show support through holiday wishes for the current active duty personnel and retired veterans who served our country and for their loved ones as well. This event was to highlight Veteran’s Day, a holiday that honors all present and past military personnel that served in the armed forces.
ROTC volunteers staffed tables each day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to provide holiday cards to individuals wishing to write and send messages to local men and women currently serving in the U.S. military, said College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences Dean, Katherine Hawkins. The campaign ended on Friday, Nov. 9 and the cards were immediately shipped to service personnel deployed overseas.
According to radford.edu, the number of cards sent went up substancially. In 2011, 540 cards were sent. A $100 donation was given by VFW Post 776 in Radford, and 650 cards will be mailed. “We want to show the service personnel how much we appreciate their sacrifices for us, especially during the holidays when they are all deployed far away from their family members,” Hawkins said. “This is a way for us to show them that we recognize their contributions and want to thank them for what they’re doing for us. And we want them to know how much we want them to return home safely.”
Radford University also held special opportunities for military veterans as well. According to Radford Dining Services, Dalton Hall had a “Veteran’s Meal” on Monday, Nov. 12 during lunch for veterans who presented a military ID. RU also hosted a Veterans Day ceremony on that day at 11 a.m. in the Bonnie to honor and salute current and former military personnel sponsored by RU’s Veterans Student Organizations and support from Student Activities and the university’s Military Resource Center.
This ceremony was highlighted by some very symbolic military veterans. Col. Wesley Lee Fox, a Medal of Honor recipient who retired from the Marine Corps in 1993 after 43 years of service, was the guest speaker. Fox is a graduate of the Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare School, the Marine Command and Staff College and the U.S. Army War College at Carlisle, Pa.