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HCC Veteran’s Day Celebration to honor real ‘American idols’

Event to include celebrity appearances and wounded warrior band

HOUSTON (October 31, 2011)- The Houston Community College Veteran’s Student Organization and Office of Student Life will proudly host a Veteran’s Day Celebration Wednesday, November 9. Festivities will occur at the HCC Spring Branch Campus located at 1010 W. Sam Houston Parkway North beginning at 9 a.m. The celebration, meant to honor and empower veterans, will feature a live performance by the wounded-warrior band Warrior Spirit, a military vehicle exhibit, a ceremony recognizing veterans and a documentary premiere.

The event will also feature special guest appearances by Jonathan Churchill-Sandys, great-grandson of Sir Winston Churchill, and Captain Mykel Hawke, Army Special Forces “Green Beret” veteran and star of the Discovery Channel’s “Man, Woman, Wild.” At 10 a.m. HCC Northwest President Dr. Zachary R. Hodges will host a ceremony recognizing veterans and featuring HCC officials who have honorably served.

Veterans from all branches of service are encouraged to attend to receive recognition. Hawke and Churchill-Sandys will speak from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Churchill-Sandys will speak about the International Churchill Foundation and his great-grandfather, widely recognized as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century.

Hawke will address the importance of veterans maximizing their educational benefits and share innovative ways the community can support veterans. Following the special presentation, Warrior Spirit, the first band to be comprised of all wounded warriors, will give an unforgettable performance.

According to their Web site, “[the] Warrior Spirit band has the potential to do so much for our men and women of the armed forces that have sacrificed their ability to lead a normal life after being wounded or disabled in a combat zone. Warrior Spirit will help bring selected veterans outreach programs into the spotlight and will raise awareness of the struggles that our service men and women go through upon returning home and re-acclimating to a normal life.”

The static display of military vehicles furnished by the Army National Guard will include HUM-Vs, JEEPs and other authentic military trucks. This rare exhibit enables one to see and experience first-hand the vehicles members of the armed forces utilize daily. Recruiters from various military sub stations will be present to provide information about opportunities in their respective branches. Additionally, veterans and the general public are invited to visit with area vendors who provide services to veterans.

These organizations include Wounded Warrior Project, Lone Star Veterans Association, Family Services, Worklife Institute, Veteran Energy and Military Moms and Wives of Brazoria County. The vehicle exhibit, vendors and recruiters will be available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. In the afternoon, event-goers will be riveted by the world premiere of the HCC-TV documentary Veterans Helping Veterans in Higher Education.

The documentary will screen in the Performing Arts Center located on the HCC Spring Branch Campus. The documentary is slated to show at 1 p.m. The HCC Veteran’s Day Celebration is free to attend and open to the public.

To RSVP or for more information, contact Andrew Bruce, HCC Northwest Student Services Associate and a veteran of the United States Marine Corps., Lance Corporal ranking, by calling 713.718.5917 or email

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

HCC Spring Branch Campus,
North Patio and Performing Arts Center,
1010 W. Sam Houston Parkway North, Houston, TX 77084

Kim Montgomery
Acting Director of Public Relations


About HCC
HCC is one of the country’s largest singly-accredited, open-admission, community colleges offering associate degrees, certificates, workforce training and lifelong learning opportunities for 75,000 students each semester. HCC is composed of six colleges that serve the greater Houston area’s diverse communities by preparing individuals to live and work in today’s increasingly international and technological society.

To learn more go to

Office of Public Relations
HCC Spring Branch and Katy Campuses
P 713.718.5771

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