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Veterans Day observances in St. Charles County

A Veterans Day ceremony will start at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, at O’Fallon Veterans Memorial Walk, 800 Belleau Creek Road. The memorial is located off I-70 at exit 219 on the southeast corner of the overpass. The public is encouraged to attend and free parking is available. 

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The city of St. Peters’ annual Veterans Day ceremony takes place at 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 12 inside the Cultural Arts Centre inside City Hall. A helicopter landing takes place at 9:30 a.m. prior to the ceremony. Refreshments will be served after the ceremony. This event is free and open to the public.

The featured guest speaker will be retired Lt. Col. Gary Turner, who is a former St. Peters Mayor [1978-1992] and current Lake Saint Louis alderman. Turner served more than 28 years in the Army Reserves.

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St. Charles Community College will host a series of free events in honor of Veterans Day, Nov. 12-14. 

The events will kick off with the college’s annual Veterans Celebration at noon on Monday, Nov. 12, in the Daniel J. Conoyer  Social Sciences Building auditorium. The ceremony is open to the public and will include a keynote from U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Garrett V.H. Randel III.

Randel is the director of sustainment distribution in the U.S. Transportation Command Operations Directorate. USTRANSCOM is a functional combatant command with a mission to project and sustain military power, enable global reach and provide a full range of flexible and responsive options to national leadership while presenting multiple dilemmas for potential adversaries.

Randel enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1996 after graduating from Boise State [Idaho] University and has served as an infantryman with 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, as an officer with Commander Naval Supply Systems Command, Weapon System Support-Philadelphia, and with various Marine Aviation Logistics Squadrons. Most recently, he served as commander of the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training-Cherry Point, North Carolina.

At 4 p.m. On Tuesday, Nov. 13, the SCC Student Veterans Organization will host a public showing of “The Battle for Marjah” in the SSB auditorium. The 2010 documentary film tells the compelling, true story of a company of United States Marines as they are dropped into the center of the Afghani town of Marjah, where the enemy lies in wait. The film will be followed by a short discussion and Q&A with student veterans who deployed to similar regions.

At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, the Got Your Six Support Dogs will be on campus near the Learning Resource Center to meet with students and community members. Got Your Six Support Dogs is committed to providing specialized service dogs to veterans suffering from PTSD, traumatic brain injury and/or sexual trauma. In the event of inclement weather, the alternate site is the ADM atrium area.

From noon-4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, an SVO [Student Veterans Organization] Lounge Open House and Meet and Greet will be held in the Administration Building, Room 1224. Attendees are invited to stop by and learn more about SVO and how to get involved or just grab a refreshment and get to know some of its members.

At 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, during the SVO Lounge Open House, a diverse group of SCC student veterans will host an open forum to discuss their experiences both in and outside the military. Topics will range from the boot camp experience to war to life as a veteran attending community college. Attendees will be encouraged to participate and ask questions.

For more information on Veterans Week events, visit stchas.edu/veteransweek. To learn more about services for veterans on campus, the Student Veteran Organization and Honoring Military Families Scholarship, contact Andrew Gates, veterans services coordinator, at (636) 922-8268.

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