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Grambling State University holds Veterans Day program

Grambling State University will hold its Veterans Day appreciation program at 2:30 p.m. on Nov....
Grambling State University will hold its Veterans Day appreciation program at 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 11 at the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.(KSLA)
Published: Nov. 11, 2021 at 5:31 AM CST|Updated: Nov. 11, 2021 at 4:46 PM CST
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GRAMBLING, La. (KSLA) — “It is our honor to pay homage to those that serve this country and the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.”

Grambling State University held its Veterans Day appreciation program the afternoon of Thursday, Nov. 11 in the Frederick C. Hobdy Assembly Center.

The program featured a flag folding, medal ceremony and a speech from Louisiana State Representative Patrick Jefferson.

Jefferson says veterans should be celebrated every day.

“With all that’s going on in the world and institution of higher learning like Grambling State University, for them to set aside this day it speaks great volumes about it his leadership as well as this community that we have for our veterans. Veterans mean so much!” he said.

Veteran Billy Graham served 25 years in the army and says serving the country was his dream.

“When I was a kid in Arcadia, Louisiana and I had the dream of touching a cloud, and I wanted to fly so I had that dream for many years and God gave me that dream to be able to go out there and fly especially for my country,” he said.

Army veteran Earl Griffin said Nov. 11 reminds him of why he served in the military.

“It always reminds me that sometimes personal sacrifice is necessary for the greater good.”

President Rick Gallot said those are all the reasons to take a moment of silence to pay tribute.

“Because so many have served and sacrificed in the U.S. military it makes so much possible for us and of course as a university, we are proud of our ROTC units today and for those who have existed for so many decades.”

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