Western Wyoming Community College will observe Veteran’s Day a few days early with a “Thank Our Veterans” activity on Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Rock Springs campus.
Students, employees and community members are invited to stop by one of two tables – one at the Pendulum, the other outside of Mitchell’s Dining Hall – to write messages of thanks and support to America’s veterans and active military servicemembers. Each table will have large-format cards that read “To All Veterans and Active Duty Servicemembers: Thank You For Keeping Us Safe.” The signed cards will be displayed on campus.
The Veterans’ Day activity was something that Vice President for Student Success Services Philip Parnell, a U.S. Air Force veteran, oversaw at his previous campus. He said campus response to the observance activity was always enthusiastic.
“I had one young man who was from Africa approach the table and ask if he could sign the card,” Parnell recalled. “He told me that his village in Africa would have been destroyed, and he would have been killed, had it not been for the U.S. military, protecting his village. He wrote: ‘Thank you for protecting me. Thank you for protecting my family. Thank you for protecting the world.’ You never know what kind of stories you’ll hear about people’s experiences when you do an activity like this.”
Western will also provide cards to local elementary schools so that students can write messages, too. Community members are welcome to stop by campus on Nov. 9 to sign the cards, as well.