Columbia College Holds Military Recognition Day

8 years 6 months 6 days ago Tuesday, June 08 2010 Jun 8, 2010 Tuesday, June 08, 2010 8:43:04 AM CDT June 08, 2010 in News

The day started out with the presentation of a name change to the Veterans Service Center.  George and Gayleen Ousley donated 100,000 dollars and so the center was renamed The Ousley Family Veteran Service Center.

The money also means the center will be able to add a staff position to handle the rising demand and have more resources at its disposal. 

"Gosh, I couldn't think of a better cause for me to get involved in and for my family to get involved in, and then helping veterans and the college too, so it seemed like a great thing to me so we worked the details out and thats what today is about," said George Ousley.

After the presentation, everyone moved to the soccer fields to watch the 101st Airborne parachute to the field. Family and friends of military personnel were there to watch the event.

Cara Schwedtmann loves events like these because she believes the military doesn't get enough praise.  "I think it's excellent, I think we can't show enough appreciation to the soldiers and the sailors of America.  We owe them a huge debt of gratitude and it really goes unsung most of the time," Schwedtmann said.

After the parachuters touched down, Colonel Charles McGee presented a 1,000 dollar scholarship in his name to a local military student enrolled at Columbia College.

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