November 19, 2020
Photo: Members of the NCMC Show-Me-Gold Program Color Guard
(L to R): PFC Kayden Spencer, Officer Candidate Sophie Pliley, PFC Weston Otto, and PFC Chase Otto
North Central Missouri College participated in the National Roll Call 2020 project on November 11th to make Veterans Day 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 300 names of living or deceased veterans and current active duty military that have a connection to NCMC, Trenton, Grundy County, and the surrounding areas.
“We have been participating in the National Roll Call event on Veterans Day for several years now that was 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 Jaquelyn Perez, Milan welcomed everyone and introduced NCMC President Dr. Lenny Klaver. Dr. Klaver gave a history of Veterans Day and shared that 29 other higher education campuses around the country were participating in the National Roll Call event, including a moment of silence at 1:00 p.m. NCMC National Guard Show-Me GOLD color guard did the Presentation of Colors. Members included Officer Candidate Sophie Pliley, PFC Weston Otto, PFC Kayden Spencer, and PFC Chase Otto. The NCMC Show-Me GOLD program is led by SSG Johnny Palmer, U.S. Army National Guard.
NCMC student Sarabeth Michael from Gallatin sang the National Anthem, and then Miss Perez introduced the readers that included: National Guard GOLD Program member and NCMC student leader Private Edward Neill; Air Force Veteran and NCMC staff member Cory Cooksey. NCMC Student Leaders: Cheyanne Blanchard, Lucerne; Lindi Moulin, Gilman City; Chloe Tipton, Unionville; Sarabeth Michael, Gallatin; Jillian Stiens, Mound City; Braxton Pennington, Grove, OK; Brittney McKay, Grain Valley and Makayla Eads, Lathrop. Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Tristen Londre, 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. “Any names can be submitted via email to [email protected] or by contacting me directly at 660-359-3948 ext. 1319.”
The NCMC National Roll Call Committee would also like to thank the American Legion Post 31, Commander Curtis Ward, and member Richard Guile for their involvement in the event and all who attended.
For more information on the Show-Me GOLD program, visit https://www.ncmissouri.edu/academics/show-me-gold-program/ or contact SSG Palmer at 660-734-0608 or [email protected]. If you were unable to attend the ceremony, visit www.piratesdigitalmedia.com to watch the ceremony on demand.