By Jeannette Cruz
GCU News Bureau
Michael LaHaye recognizes the importance of honoring U.S. veterans. With the actual day of observance on Saturday, a variety of events last week saluted military service members at Grand Canyon University for Veterans Day.
LaHaye, GCU's Veterans Resource Coordinator, said the events speak to specific needs of student veterans and are a continuation for achieving the American dream.
A real concern for veterans is that they do not believe their military service is understood or valued by the general public, LaHaye said.
The week kicked off Nov. 7, with the Capture the Flag competition, which included 80 active-duty and traditional students. On Wednesday, Nov. 8, flags unfurled from the fence by the Promenade to show support for student veterans by commemorating the 73rd anniversary of the G.I. Bill. The 73 flags were placed by members of American Legion Post No. 43, the GCU chapter. On Thursday, Nov. 9, student veteran Josh Marcurio, who has Ubered to school and to his part-time job, received a donated 2016 Chrysler 200.
LaHaye said of Marcurio, “He was recognized for his perseverance toward success, commitment in continuing to serve in the community and being an upstanding citizen.”
The week wrapped up with the Veterans Day Parade through Phoenix on Saturday. Dozens of members of the GCU Army ROTC and the University mascot, Thunder, rode on a float, marched through the streets and thanked those who have served. GCU students and members of the Army ROTC expressed their gratitude for the University’s support of those who have served and those who plan to serve.
Treyce Robinson, ROTC liaison, said, “There could be a very well chance that any one of us goes to fight for our freedom, and if I was in their shoes, I would like to be appreciated, too.”
Brandon Swanke, battalion commander for GCU Army ROTC, added, “This is a daily thing that everyone should do. It only takes two minutes to thank someone for their service.”
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