In advance of Veterans Day, the California State University, Stanislaus, Veterans Affairs Office and the Troops to College committee presented the fifth annual Thank a Veteran event Wednesday on the Turlock campus. Veterans and the public were invited to the celebration, designed to express appreciation to former military members for their service and sacrifice.
This year’s special honoree was Frank Bettencourt, a World War II Navy veteran and father and grandfather of two CSU, Stanislaus, staff members. He was thanked by Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Turlock, and was presented a “U.S. Navy Veteran” cap and a flag pin by the Troops to College committee.
“We always pick a veteran to honor,” said committee member Mami Trussell. “The nice thing is he didn’t know anything about it until he was honored.”
Thank a Veteran included a drill performance by the Turlock High School Junior ROTC cadets; a flag raising; and informational booths and displays by the Patriot Guard Riders, the American Red Cross, and other veterans groups and agencies.
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Several more events honoring veterans will be held through Monday, including two Friday at Modesto schools. At 1:30 p.m. at Lakewood Elementary, 2920 Middleboro Place, staff and students from every grade level will join in a ceremony to celebrate veterans. Students will recite the Constitution preamble, sing the national anthem and recite a poem. Veterans will be given the opportunity to introduce themselves and, at the conclusion of the ceremony, the students will give the veterans a gift. The ceremony will last about an hour. For more information, contact Principal Heather Sharp at firstname.lastname@example.org or (209) 576-4841.
At 12:30 p.m. Friday in the Gregori High School gymnasium, 3701 Pirrone Road, all veterans are invited to an event that will include student presentations, a musical performance and an introduction of all veterans. For more information, contact Principal Jeff Albritton at email@example.com or (209) 550-3421.