Patriot Day Recognition at DCTC

AMVETS Post 10 provides color guard

Dakota County Technical College recognized Patriot Day, Tuesday, September 11, 2018, with a flag ceremony and a moment of silence. The event took place in the morning by the college’s main front entrance. AMVETS Post 10, based in Hastings, Minnesota, at the Hastings Veterans Home, provided the color guard.

Sue Register, volunteer coordinator with the Hastings Veterans Home, reported that AMVETS stands for American Veterans. Founded in 1944, AMVETS is the most inclusive Congressionally-chartered veterans service organization, representing the interests of 20 million veterans and their families.¹ Unlike the American Legion and VFW, AMVETS membership is open to all honorably discharged veterans as well as active-duty military personnel.

“AMVETS Post 10 is a small, active group that opened three years ago and does service throughout the area,” Sue said. “Post 10 provides bingo for retirement homes, flag ceremonies, clothing drives to help the needy and Americanism programs in schools wishing to teach patriotism.”

Sue added that AMVETS Post 10 can be contacted by calling 651-212-8812.

Tom D., AMVETS Post 10 chaplain, was happy to help the college recognize Patriot Day. “I feel so honored to have been able to do this flag ceremony for DCTC,” Tom said. “Can we help again?”

More about Patriot Day…

Patriot Day in the United States

Patriot Day is an annual observance on September 11 to remember those who were injured or died during the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001. Many Americans refer Patriot Day as 9/11 or September 11.

Observe Patriot Day

On the direction of the President, the flag of the United States of America should be displayed on the homes of Americans, the White House and all United States government buildings in the whole world. The flag should be flown at half-staff as a mark of respect to those who died on September 11, 2001. Many people observe a moment of silence at 8:46 AM (Eastern Daylight Time). This marks the time that the first plane flew into the World Trade Center.

Some communities, particularly in the areas directly affected by the attacks, hold special church services or prayer meetings. People who personally experienced the events in 2001 or lost loved ones in them, may lay flowers or visit memorials.² Read more…

More about Veterans Services at DCTC…

Dakota County Technical College has shown its commitment to being a veteran-friendly campus by being proclaimed a Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Company in 2010, opening a newly remodeled Military and Veterans Service Center in 2016, and being ranked #7 in the nation in the 2017–2018 school year on the list for Military Times Best: Career & Technical Colleges.

DCTC is dedicated to meeting the needs of student-veterans and active-duty service members. Some veterans face personal, relationship, education and employment challenges. Veteran’s families also may need support while their loved ones serve overseas and when they return home. DCTC, working with the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, provides additional training on supporting veterans to counselors, student affairs staff, faculty, and administrators.

To learn more about Veterans Services at DCTC, contact:

Kathy Bachman
MDVA Higher Education Regional Coordinator
Military and Veterans Service Center (Room 2-303)

Anna Voight
Associate Director of Student Life
DCTC Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Committee Chair

¹ Courtesy of AMVETS

² Courtesy of Time and Date