In recognition of all Pulaski Tech students, faculty and staff who have served in the United States Armed Forces, Veterans Upward Bound at Pulaski Technical College will present a special Veterans Day program on Thursday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. in the promenade outside of the Campus Center.
The event will feature the presentation of the colors by the Arkansas National Guard, singing of the national anthem by PTC adjunct instructor Genine Perez and the anthems for each branch of America's military services will be played.
Dr. Derrick McKissick, a professor of history and army veteran, will speak about what it means to be a veteran. A reception for PTC veterans at the PTC Veterans Upward Bound Office, A135 will follow the event. Faculty are encouraged to allow students to attend.
The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on Nov. 11 at Arlington National Cemetery. The ceremony commences precisely at 11 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans' organizations and remarks from dignitaries. The ceremony is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces.
Nov. 11 was made a legal holiday on May 13, 1938 as a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as "Armistice Day." Armistice Day was primarily a day set aside to honor veterans of World War I, but in 1954, after World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd Congress amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting in its place the word "Veterans."
Nov. 11 then became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.