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PJC students, faculty honor veterans

Published or Revised November 18, 2014

Veterans Day 2014

At top, left, Paris Junior College students Lisa Dawes (carrying wreath), Cameron Townsend (with U.S. flag), Denisha Crow (with Texas flag) Lauren Jeans, Kadisha Pannell and Markus Kraut participated in the PJC Veteran’s Day Ceremony on Tuesday. Top left: Crow and Townsend stand before the memorial. Below, PJC student and veteran Norris Banks plays “Taps” before a large crowd at the PJC Veterans Memorial.

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 members of a new student veterans’ organization at Paris Junior College assisted in a ceremony honoring veterans who were or are PJC students on Tuesday in the DeShong Chapel.

Following a rendition of “America the Beautiful” by the PJC Chamber Singers, PJC history instructor Allen Williams gave the history of Armistice Day, a ceremony upon which Veterans Day is based.

Retired PJC history instructor Ken Hanushek read the names of PJC students who lost their lives in World War II, Korea and Vietnam as the carillon chimed for each name.

Afterwards, PJC students and veterans Lisa Dawes and Cameron Townsend assisted in the wreath-laying ceremony at the PJC student memorial across from the Administration Building as PJC student and veteran Norris Banks played “Taps.” Also attending to help honor veterans were PJC Student Government Association president Lauren Jeans and secretary Haley Ray, African American Student Union president Kadisha Pannel, vice president Denisha Crow and member Markus Kraut.

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