Iowa Lakes Planning Veterans Day Observances
In honor of veterans throughout the region, Iowa Lakes Community College student leaders are organizing special events as Veteran’s Day approaches.
“All five campuses will be heavily involved in showing gratitude to our past and present veterans,” said Kent Schmidt, Career Resource Center Coordinator and member of the college’s veterans committee.
All campuses have decided to sponsor ‘Honor Trees.’ Multi-colored ribbons are placed near the Honor Trees and signs next to the trees encouraging students, staff and faculty to tie various colored ribbons to the trees to recognize those who have served, as well as those currently serving in the U.S. military.
White ribbons are in memory of a family member or friend who gave (or lost) their life in service to America. Blue ribbons are in honor of a family or friend who is serving; while yellow ribbons show general support to veterans. Black ribbons are to recognize a POW/MIA; red ribbons are for Iowa Lakes students (or community members) currently serving (or who have served); and purple ribbons are in honor of Purple Heart recipients.
In Emmetsburg, students will have a ceremony on Friday at noon in the dining services area of the college. Kylie will sing the national anthem. Veterans are welcome to participate in a lunch meal following the event, which is paid by the student senate. In addition, Emmetsburg student senators reach out to the community by donating money for a wreath to grace the Veteran’s Memorial in downtown Emmetsburg.
Also in Emmetsburg this year, college students are encouraged to write essays regarding their favorite veteran or about what Veteran’s Day means to them. The Buena Vista University Lakes Region will assist with a gift to the winner of the contest. Iowa Lakes recently received the U.S. Veteran’s Magazine “Best of the Best” award, and six out of seven years has won “Military Friendly” status from Victory Media. In addition, the college is a Certified Higher Academic Military Partner (CHAMP), another next step toward providing quality academic assistance to veterans.