College Observes Veterans Day


Dr. Keith Kirkland addresses Veterans Day ceremony audience


Essex County College’s annual Veterans Day tribute was held on Friday, November 10. The ceremony, which began with the traditional raising of Old Glory, was held at the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and West Market Street.

Whitney Houston’s iconic rendition of the National Anthem, performed at the 1991 Super Bowl, followed.

Dr. Keith Kirkland, Dean of Student Affairs and a U.S. Army veteran, said “Essex County College has always shown a concern and a deep respect for our veterans. Our commitment to veterans is very serious.” He thanked ECC’s President, Dr. Augustine A. Boakye, for ensuring the College has a strong support network for veterans.

“Today we honor all those who have safe guarded our freedom,” stated Dr. Kirkland.

Near the end of the ceremony, Veterans Service Group Advisor Shawn Yearwood, advisor/mentor in the Business Division who organized the event, stated, “We will always remember our fallen comrades.” His remarks were followed by a recording of Taps and a moment of silence.

All veterans who attended the ceremony were presented with military service pins.