Memorial Day, which falls on the last Monday of May, honors the men and women who died while serving in the American military. Initially known as Decoration Day, the observance originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades. Read more at (http://www.history.com/topics/memorial-day-history).
For student veterans, anniversaries and memorials can be difficult. Remembrances and anniversary dates have the potential to stir difficult emotions as many veterans and dependents have lost someone close to them in the recent conflicts (GWOT, OIF, OEF, and Operation New Dawn).
If you are concerned about your student veterans (or their dependents), please contact Dani Dutro in the Office of Special Services via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or at x6719. Also, remember that mental health emergencies (potential for harm to self or others) are emergencies and should be treated as such. There are resources for veterans available through the VA and the suicide prevention hotline 800-273-TALK(8255) as well.
Each year on Memorial Day a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 p.m. local time. If you would like to donate to the Veteran Resource Center at SCC, you are encouraged to come to FOSS 5225 to pick up a form or drop off your donation. Thank you for your support.