Veterans thanked at WCCC breakfast

Warren County Career Center honored Veterans recently at the seventh-annual Veterans Day Breakfast.

Approximately 200 veterans attended, which is a record crowd for the event. The morning began with presentation of colors by the Lebanon High School Air Force JROTC and the WCCC Learning Lab Preschool children leading the Pledge of Allegiance. The children also sang songs to the Veterans.

Breakfast was prepared and served by WCCC culinary technology students. Digital Design students produced and presented a video entitled “The Fight Against Communism.” Closing remarks were given by Warren County Sheriff Larry Sims, who talked about his son’s service in the military.

Many of the WCCC students were involved in honoring the veterans, including Graphic Arts students who designed posters, buttons and scratch pads; Welding students, who built easels for the posters; Criminal justice students, who directed traffic and greeted; and Landscape students, who designed the centerpieces.

WCCC student ambassadors Kent Ary, Lebanon; Alyssia Chambers, Little Miami; Beth Haines, Lebanon; Kathryn Gilbert, Waynesville; Brittany Minton, Waynesville; Danielle Brown, Springboro; and Ashley Ingram, Little Miami; assisted with the greeting and seating of the guests, and also helped serve food to the ones unable to go through the buffet line.

Many of the veterans expressed their appreciation for the event and said they enjoyed the program. Two retirement communities sent buses so that their residents could attend the breakfast. Eight of the 10 members of the Lebanon Police Department who are veterans attended. Several World War II veterans were present, and some were interviewed by WCCC Digital Design students on video.

WCCC Adult Education computer instructor Pat Cain, a Vietnam veteran, brought his friend Wayne Knepper, 94. Knepper is a World War II and Korean War veteran who took a WCCC computer class with Cain 12 years ago. The two formed a friendship and have shared war stories with each other ever since. “Wayne truly appreciated the ‘Thank You’ he received from WCCC today,” Cain said.

“This annual event allows us to thank our area Veterans for their service to our country,” WCCC Superintendent Maggie Hess said. “It is our pleasure each year to host them here. Our students benefit from serving them in this way, and in getting to sit and talk with them about their experiences.”

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