PPCC Veterans Day Celebration
Every year, Veterans Day is recognized in the United States on November 11th to honor the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918. This is the exact day, time, and hour that signaled the end of World War I. Originally recognized as Armistice Day, congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and in 1938 November 11th became a national holiday. Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans, living or dead, but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during wartime or peacetime.
Traditionally, PPCC celebrates Veterans Day through a week-long series of activities that honor our veterans and our active military while educating others about the history and significance of the day. This year, in respect of COVID-19 restrictions, PPCC's Veterans Day program will consist of one main event and several virtual events that our community can access from anywhere. Please see below for additional information and to access our virtual events.
PPCC Veterans Day Events
PPCC Main Event: Veterans Day Wreath Laying Event: PPCC Student Veterans Organization and the Department of Military and Veterans Programs conducted a short ceremony in honor of all those that have served. The ceremony culminates with a laying of the wreath at the Veterans Memorial on our Centennial Campus. The video is available above or click here.
Read Veterans Day Messages from our system and college leadership
For all other events, please see information below.
PPCC's English Department & the Department of Military & Veterans Programs are proud to announce their new military publication - SITREP
SITREP will kick off its first issue with a special Veterans Day 2020 online edition featuring works from veterans, current military service members, and military/veteran family members. Click on this link to view SITREP.
A print copy of SITREP will be published in Spring 2021. Students, staff, faculty, and their family members can submit their work to be considered for the print version of SITREP here.
Previous Parley work can be viewed on the Parley Main Page.
Ways to recognize and celebrate Veterans Day
- Support your local veteran owned business. See https://www.veteranownedbusiness.com/co/el-paso
- Consider sending a letter or a package to our service members serving overseas. You can find out how to do this by visiting: http://www.anysoldier.com/ (This is not just for soldiers – you will find links for all services on this website).
- If you have young children, talk to them about why we have this national holiday. To learn more, visit the DOD website to learn 5 Facts about Veterans Day that may be fun to share with your family.
Peterson AFB Aviation Museum
Come and do a "Fly-by" tour of the Peterson AFB Aviation Museum - from your own computer.
Visit the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame
The Colorado Women's Hall of Fame (CWHF) has been proudly displayed as part of PPCC's Veterans Day activities for several years. This year, the CWHF celebrates its 35th anniversary honoring and preserving the accomplishments of Colorado women who have made significant contributions to the state, nation, and world.
Explore the history of CWHF military trailblazers and take a virtual tour of the CWHF using the links below!
Hit the ground and visit the 4th ID/Fort Carson Museum
Right outside the gates of our main campus - Centennial, sits Fort Carson and it's 4th Infantry Division.
Re-live the building of the West - visit the Steelworks Center of the West
Here is an opportunity to visit a museum dedicated to the Steelworks of the West - the "Steel that Built the West". Goods that came from the mines and factories of the great state of Colorado have supported our Veterans in all wars of the 20th Century. So, take a short walk back into the history of Colorado.
Veterans Day - How can you 'thank' a veteran -
Please consider helping local veterans through a donation to your favorite organization. If you don't have a favorite veteran serving organization, consider one of the three below. PPCC/DMVP is a partner agency with both Mount Carmel and the Homefront Military Network.
Click on the title to learn more and donate.
Money will be used to help a service member wounded in combat or a family member who lost a loved one in combat.
Mount Carmel's mission is to collaborate with community partners providing best practices in transition and wellness services for Veterans, Military and their Families by delivering expertise, resources, space and sustainability.
HFMN's mission is to connect military service members, veterans and their families to resources offered by our trusted community partners and to provide emergency financial assistance.