With the formal observance of Veterans Day this weekend, Springfield Technical Community College conducted its ninth annual veterans appreciation ceremony. One hundred and fifty-eight of STCC’s current students have served in the military.
Twenty-five-year Army veteran James Chesnis of Ludlow applauds the school’s commitment to helping veterans make the transition.
“They respect the veterans,” Chesnis said. “They help us out quite a bit. I have a service dog; normally, I would have him here with me today, but he wouldn’t get out of bed.”
The college has its own Veteran Academic Counselor. Akeile Murchison knows what it takes to put down a gun and picking up a book.
“When I came back from Iraq, I didn’t know the resources that were available to me,” Murchison explained. “So I try to make sure my fellow veterans know what’s available to them.”
A student with a physical disability preventing military service stepped forward to honor family members who’ve done their country proud. “I have a lot of family that’s been in the military,” Jack Armentrout told 22News. “Most of them have gone overseas at one point in their lives… I appreciate everything they do.”
Dozens of students looked on as their college, once the home of the Springfield Armory, paid tribute to veterans past and present.