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Lander Recognizes and Celebrates Veterans

November 11, 2016

With the main entrance to its campus adorned with American. flags, Lander University recognized and celebrated all members of the U.S. Armed Forces during a Veterans Day celebration on Friday, Nov. 11.

Representative Mike Pitts (R), serving District 14 in South Carolina’s House of Representatives, was the keynote speaker during a ceremony in the Abney Cultural Center Auditorium. Pitts, a 1985 Lander graduate, is a retired police officer and served in the U.S. Army Reserves.

The National Anthem was performed by Lander student Clare Henry, of Aiken. At the conclusion of the ceremony, Lander student Ashley Redden, of Greenwood, performed Taps.

Immediately following the ceremony, a parking space located in front of the Carnell Learning Center was officially dedicated and will be permanently reserved for recipients of the Purple Heart, which is awarded to armed forces members who were wounded in combat.  

“We’re committed to those who have selflessly served our great nation and this spot is a visual symbol of the pact we have with them,” said Lander President Richard Cosentino.

Military Appreciation Games
Later during the day, veterans were treated a Military Appreciation Volleyball game featuring Lander and Augusta in Finis Horne Arena.

At 6:30 p.m., the Lander Bearcat men’s basketball team faced off against Brevard during a Military Appreciation Basketball Game as part of the Bearcat Classic Tournament. 

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Buddy Reeves, a 35-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and recipient of the Purple Heart, cuts the ribbon to dedicate Lander’s Purple Heart parking space during Veterans Day celebrations at Lander. The space, located just outside of the Carnell Learning Center, is the first of several to be permanently reserved for recipients of the Purple Heart.