The committee also decided to create displays around the campus to honor veterans and the sacrifice they and their families make during their service.
The first display, outside the library in the 1200 Building, includes many items from nursing instructor Armigene Skipwith’s family, which has an extensive military record. Several items are from her son’s time as a Buffalo Soldier with the Army. He also served in military intelligence and as a paratrooper.
Other items in the display are from her father, who was in the Army Air Force, before they divided into two divisions at the end of the second World War. Her husband, two nephews, an adopted brother and a brother-in-law have also served in the Army. A second adopted brother also served in the Air Force.
When the committee started looking for items, Skipwith said she was a little surprised how many veterans were in her family.
“You don’t even think about these things, because you lived it,” Skipwith said.
Other items are on display at the 100 Building and other items will be brought in throughout the month.
“We wanted to honor these men and women, not just for one day, but for the whole month,” Assistant Dean of Library/Learning Resources Tyrone Webb said.
Webb has also set up displays of patriotic books inside the library, including resources for the veterans who have completed their service and are returning to regular life.
Jana Kennedy, director of student services at Sumiton’s campus, said that each campus has resources to assist veterans with financial aid and other programs that they may need. She also said the luncheon provided a chance for the veterans to voice questions or needs that Bevill can hopefully include in upcoming plans.
“The more we learn, the more we can help the people,” Kennedy said.