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NCMC Honors Veterans day with Roll Call

NEWS RELEASE

November 15, 2021

National Roll Call

Photo: SHOW-ME Gold Color Guard: Specialist Kayden Spencer, Officer Candidate Sophie Pliley, Sergeant Robert Allen and Specialist Jordan Sullivan

North Central Missouri College participated in the National Roll Call 2021 project on November 11th in honor of Veterans Day to have a special time of appreciation and reflection on campus. A Roll Call of names compiled by NCMC departments, area organizations and public service offices was read during the noon ceremony in front of Geyer Hall on the main campus in Trenton. Students and faculty read over 400 names of living, deceased veterans and current active duty military that have a connection to NCMC, Trenton, Grundy County and the surrounding areas.

“NCMC’s participation in the National Roll Call event on Veterans Day has occurred for several years now, an event spearheaded by Eastern Kentucky University as a grass-roots effort to honor American service men and women”, comment Donnie Hillerman, NCMC Residence Life Director. “Colleges and Universities all over the United States pay tribute on November 11th to those that have served and given so much for this county. We are honored to be a part of this event.”

NCMC Student Senate President Makayla Eads, Lathrop welcomed everyone and introduced NCMC alumnus and Trustee, Chris Hoffman. Mr. Hoffman gave a history of Veterans Day and shared that NCMC was joined by several other higher education campuses around the country who participated in the National Roll Call event including a moment of silence at 1:00pm. NCMC National Guard Show-Me GOLD color guard did the Presentation of Colors. Members included Officer Candidate Sophie Pliley, Sergeant Robert Allen, Specialist Kayden Spencer and Specialist Jordan Sullivan. The NCMC Show-Me GOLD program is led by SSG Johnny Palmer, U.S. Army National Guard.

NCMC English Instructor, Amy Guthrie sang the National Anthem and then Miss Eads introduced the readers that included NCMC Staff members; Air Force Veteran Cory Cooksey and U.S. Army Veteran Zane Robinson. Additionally, Student Leaders; Averi Norris, Chloe Buckallew, Jaden Thacker, Carli Beck, Keaton Mudd, Zoey Chrisman, Guy Moran, Lindsey Batson and Nathan Fine.

Dr. John Holcomb, NCMC alumnus and Trustee closed the ceremony and called on SSG Palmer to recover the Colors.

“This event encompasses many parts of campus and the community. We hope to continue to grow the list of names read each year and encourage the community to submit names,” commented Cory Cooksey, Veteran and a volunteer organizer of the event. “Any names can be submitted via email to [email protected] or by contacting me directly at (660) 357-6319.”

The NCMC National Roll Call Committee would also like to thank the American Legion Post 31 and member Richard Guile for their involvement in the event and all who attended. American flag lapel pins were made available by the NCMC Foundation and Alumni Association and the event can be seen on demand at www.piratesdigitalmedia.com.

For more information on the Show-Me GOLD program visit NCMC Show Me Gold Program or contact SSG Palmer at (660) 734-0608 or [email protected].

Speakers: Air Force Veteran Cory Cooksey and U.S. Army Veteran Zane Robinson. Additionally, Student Leaders; Makayla Eads, Averi Norris, Chloe Buckallew, Jaden Thacker, Carli Beck, Keaton Mudd, Zoey Chrisman, Guy Moran, Lindsey Batson and Nathan Fine.

Dr. John Holcomb and Mr. Chris Hoffman