Rose State celebrates veterans at luncheon


Jessica Phillips

Editor-in-Chief

Veterans Luncheon 2014

Lance Newbold presents Col. (Ret.) John Bilbury with a plague to show appreciation for his speaking at the luncheon on Nov. 11. (Photo by Jessica Phillips)

RSC honored veterans with a celebration luncheon in the Main Dining Room on Nov. 11 with guest speaker Col. (Ret.) John Bilbury III.

“It need not be ever our lot in life that we forget to say thank you,” said Dean Fisher, vice president of student affairs and enrollment management, to the crowd of approximately 100 people, including more than 10 veterans.

Veterans Luncheon 2014

Rebecca Hockenbroch receives the Student Veteran of the Year award. The award is given every year to a veteran who demonstrates leadership and other valuable qualities. ( Photo by Jessica Phillips)

“Thank you for honoring veterans,” Bilbury said. “I’ve laid my life on the line for this country.”

Bilbury is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom; he retired in 2011.

“Being a veteran is a hard task,” he said. Veterans make sure “freedom stays free.”

Bilbury encouraged every one to take responsibility to protect America’s freedom.

The celebration opened with a moment of silence for veterans, initiated by Lance Newbold, director of veteran services/academic adviser, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and the national anthem sung by student Lauren Daffer.

Student Senate President Austin Carroll presented the Veteran Student of the Year award to Rebecca Hockenbroch.

“I’m honored,” Hockenbroch said.

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