HPU to Host Veterans Day Celebration

The university will continue its patriotic promise of pledging American flags to nonprofits, schools and government buildings.

HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 27, 2017 – High Point University will host a Veterans Day Celebration to honor hundreds of men and women who have served their country. The event will be held at 8 a.m. on Nov. 10 in the James H. and Jesse E. Millis Athletic and Convocation Center. Both community members and veterans interested in attending can RSVP now at www.highpoint.edu/VeteransDay.

A complimentary breakfast will be served to all veterans as they are honored with a patriotic salute, featuring noted guests, including Col. J. Quincy Collins Jr., a Cold War veteran and Vietnam prisoner of war. Collins, a native of Concord, North Carolina, had an illustrious Air Force Career, from opening the new Air Force Academy in 1955 as an air training officer, serving as aide to the Four Star Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Air Force in Europe, and being shot down by opposition and spending 7 1/2 years in prison cells in and around Hanoi.

The university will continue its patriotic promise of pledging American Flags to nonprofits, schools and government buildings. Several student groups leading initiatives to support veterans will also be recognized.

Karen Jacobsen will perform an arrangement of “America, the Beautiful” with the HPU Chamber Singers. Jacobsen, global artist in residence at HPU, is internationally known for

her voiceover work and musical performances. Known as “GPS Girl,” her voice has been featured in text-to-speech systems in more than 400 million GPS and smartphone devices worldwide, including the female Australian voice of the original Siri application featured on Apple iPhones, iPods and iPads.

Additional music will be performed by the North Carolina Brass Band, and Dr. Nido Qubein, HPU president, will also speak at the event.

All guests and veterans are encouraged to park at Oak Hollow Mall. Shuttles will begin running at 7:30 a.m. for guests and veterans.

“High Point University is a God, family and country school, and we are honored to have the opportunity to pay tribute to veterans,” says Dr. Nido Qubein, HPU president. “These brave men and women are heroes who have secured for us the freedoms and liberties that we enjoy every day.”

The annual celebration, which has grown significantly over the years, is supported by several local corporate sponsors – River Landing at Sandy Ridge, Ilderton Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, and Merrill Lynch/The Tilley Group/Tilley-Higgins Donor Advised Fund.

HPU donated 100 American flags to public schools, government buildings, and community organizations in the city. High Point Police Chief Kenneth Shultz (left) was one of several city leaders who accepted a flag at last year’s event, reflecting the donation.

Dr. Nido Qubein, High Point University president, speaks during last year’s Veterans Day Celebration, reminding the crowd to never forget the sacrifices made by veterans.

 

 

 

 

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