Southwest Elementary students join in Forsyth Technical Community College veterans recognition ceremony

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 16, 2023

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WINSTON-SALEM — Forsyth Technical Community College paid tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of our nation’s heroes with a veteran celebration event that featured students from Southwest Elementary.

Those students shared a poem and also led attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance. The ceremony also featured the Reagan High School JROTC who presented and posted the colors.

Keynote speaker Nike Roach, a respected U.S. Army veteran, captivated the audience, providing both reflection and inspiration.

Dr. Janet Spriggs, president of Forsyth Tech, also spoke, sharing remembrances of her father, who was a veteran, as well as reaffirming Forsyth Tech’s commitment to the support of the veteran community within Forsyth Tech.

“Today’s celebration isn’t just about remembering the past; it’s about looking forward to the bright futures our veterans can and will build with the support of places like Forsyth Tech, and with the people that are here today,” Spriggs said.

Another highlight of the celebration was the presentation of a quilt of valor to a valued member of the Forsyth Tech family, Jason Jurkowich.

Jurkowich was recognized for his unwavering dedication, both in uniform and within the educational community.

Forsyth Tech supports veterans and active service members through the efforts of the Veteran Resource Center on the college’s main campus. The center offers veterans a range of services to ensure academic success, including personal, confidential counseling; academic advising; new student orientation; access to a student success coach; and veteran benefits information. There, veterans can even find a quiet place to study or take a break.

As Spriggs noted, today’s celebration not only honored their service, but also reinforced the college’s commitment to providing educational opportunities and support to those who have given so much in the name of freedom.