Tuesday, November 6, 2012

KCKCC to host Veteran's Day events

Kansas City Kansas Community College will celebrate Veterans Day with two programs on Monday, Nov. 12.

The third annual “Veterans Speak Program” will be held from 9-10 a.m. followed a 10 by the documentary, “American GI Forum.”

Both programs will be presented in the Intercultural Center and are open to the public without charge.

A panel of six U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force veterans from Desert Storm, Desert Shield and the Iraqi conflict will discuss their experiences while serving around the word in the defense of freedom in the “Veterans Speak Program.”

All are current students, faculty or staff members at KCKCC.

Sponsored by the Political Science Department, Students for Global Peace, Ralph Bunche Society, KCKCC Library and Intercultural Center, the panel will be moderated by Dr. Ewa Unoke, professor of Political Science. A question and answer question will follow the remarks.

Rudy Padilla, the Kansas City chapter commander of the American GI Forum, will present a 20-minute segment from the documentary “American GI Forum” at 10 a.m.

One of the Hispanic Americans’ most important but least known civil rights groups with more than 500 chapters across the U.S., the Forum dedicates its efforts to addressing issues relevant to veterans and their families, and moreover, the direct impacts on the Latino community in the areas of education, employment, political representation and health services.

The event is sponsored by the Student Organization of Latinos, International Student Organization and the Intercultural Center.