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The Associated Students of Cerritos College in partnership with the Cerritos College Veterans Resource Center and the Cerritos College Student Veterans Club will host the first ever annual Cerritos College Veterans Ball on April 13, 2012 at 5:30 PM in the Student Activities Center on the Cerritos College campus.
The Cerritos College Veterans Ball is an event honoring the traditions of all branches of the Armed Forces. With this event, the Associated Students and the campus community of the Cerritos College recognize the student veterans’ service and sacrifice. It is also an opporunity for student veterans to socialize in a formal setting with their fellow veterans, building cohesiveness and morale for the student veteran population on campus. Officials from the Long Beach VA Healthcare System, AMVETS and other veterans service organizations, high ranking military and elected officials have been invited to attend the event.
Jasmin Ramirez, President of the Associated Students, and Hsiao Hsu, U.S. Navy veteran Operation Enduring Freedom, of the Student Veterans Club will officiate. Guest speakers are Charles Sooter, U.S.Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam and Karla Leyva, U.S. Army veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Lance Makinano, U.S. Army veteran of Desert Storm and a Commissioner of Vocational Education, is the event chair.
The formal ceremony will commence with presentation of the colors and the traditional bagpipe rendition followed by a medley of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard hymns. Another tradition honored will be the cutting of the cake by the oldest and youngest veterans present. Reception entertainment by the Swing Dolls is followed with the formal dinner service is by Naples Rib Company of Long Beach. DJ Kelley Simley will play for dancing to conclude an evening of tradition, elegance and enjoyment.
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