Veterans Day is approaching and with communities across the nation celebrating and honoring veterans who have served in all branches of the U.S. military a local institution is also pitching in. Del Mar College’s Veterans Services has planned events throughout the week of Nov. 10 in observance of the day and welcomes everyone to join them in a "Salute to Veterans"
Events at Del Mar College include:
• Veterans Center Grand Opening with Flag Posting Ceremony – Monday, Nov. 10, at 10:30 a.m. on the second floor of the Harvin Student Center, Del Mar College East, Ayers and Baldwin. Join Del Mar College to commemorate the opening of this new facility for student veterans, much like a USO facility.
• Name Reading Ceremony for Fallen Veterans – Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 10 a.m. in the Coleman Center, Del Mar College West, Boaz Blvd. off Airport Road and Old Brownsville Road. Del Mar College students and staff will read 1,000 names representing 1.2 million fallen veterans from all branches of the U.S. military who fought during all wars throughout our country’s history. This event gives thanks for their sacrifice and to ensure they are not forgotten. A bell will ring after each name is read.
• Motivational Speaker and Iraq War Veteran Andrew O’Brien – Thursday, Nov. 13, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Room 416, White Library, Del Mar College East, Naples off Kosar at Staples. After returning home from a 12-month deployment as a lead gunner during the Iraq War and attempting suicide, veteran Andrew O’Brien turned his life around to become an author, public speaker and resilience trainer focused on suicide prevention and motivational speaking. Describing himself as being “born into war” with his life “always a struggle to survive,” the four-year U.S. Army veteran has authored two books, “Welcoming Your Soldier Home” and “Surviving Suicide: A Veterans Memoir,” and has appeared in media interviews for 48 Hours, Al Jazeera America, The Huffington Post, 20/20 and others. O’Brien also created a nonprofit organization, the WYSH Project, which is supported through the Austin School of Film and dedicated to prevent military suicides. O’Brien brings his message to Del Mar College as part of Veterans Day observances.
All “Salute to Veterans” events at the College are free and open to the public. For more information about these events, contact Veterans Services Director Tammy Micallef at 698-1683 or firstname.lastname@example.org.