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All are invited to Armed Forces Recognition Day Nov. 8 at Newport County Campus

Oct. 26, 2012

Spc. Emmanuel Avila (left) and Staff Sgt. Ronald Corbett Spc. Emmanuel Avila (left) and Staff Sgt. Ronald Corbett, members of the R.I. National Guard Funeral Honors Team, fold an American flag during last year's Armed Forces Recognition Day. This year's event will be held Nov. 8 at the Newport County Campus.

The Community College of Rhode Island Student Veterans Organization (SVO) invites students, employees and members of the community to the second annual Armed Forces Recognition Day from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, at the college’s Newport County Campus, 1 John H. Chafee Blvd., Newport.

Armed Forces Recognition Day will be a time of remembrance, gratitude and celebration. State leaders, students and community members will come together to honor the men and women responsible for the freedom our Stars and Stripes represent.

The SVO will dedicate a plaque at the front of the Newport campus recognizing the troops who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country in the War on Terror. With assistance from the Rhode Island Honor Guard and members from all armed forces branches, the SVO will remember local men and women killed in action.

The event also will include the announcement of new veteran services offices located on each CCRI campus. There, student veterans can find assistance in transitioning from combat to college and learn about navigating benefits, identifying resources, applying for scholarships, work opportunities, enrollment and the completion of their academic goals. The mission and commitment CCRI has to its veterans will help ensure student success from enrollment through graduation and onto further education or gaining meaningful employment. For more information, visit

The day also will feature presentations from several keynote speakers including a student at the U.S. Naval War College, U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col Will Wando; Rhode Island Rep. Raymond Gallison Jr., chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee; CCRI Vice President and retired Navy Capt. Bob Shea; Newport Mayor Henry Winthrop; and several other state leaders.

Following the ceremonies, representatives from several veterans’ service providers, SVO and several CCRI departments will be available to speak with students and visitors for information. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact CCRI Veterans Coordinator Anthony Paolino at

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