Veterans Day Ceremony & Open House

Centralia College will unveil its new Veterans Center on Tuesday, Nov. 13, following a Veterans Day ceremony near the flag poles at Hanson Hall. The college is closed Monday for the Veterans Day holiday.

Veterans Day Ceremony
Centralia College’s annual Veterans Day ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and feature local veterans and rifle salute.

Speakers will include Centralia College’s new Vet Corp Navigator Brent Erwin and Army combat veteran Allen Acosta.

Having served just over eight years as an enlisted member of the Coast Guard, former Petty Officer Erwin deployed with various combined Navy/Marine Corps Anti-Terrorism task groups. His job entailed that of a coxswain, gunner, and junior corpsman. Erwin served in Operation Enduring Freedom with deployments to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and South Korea/Japan rotations, Operation Unified Response to Port Au Prince, Haiti, and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Outside of his military awards, he is a recipient of the enlisted boat force operations insignia, enlisted port security badge, and the naval expeditionary warfare specialist pin.

Having served 17 years, Major Allen D. Acosta (RET), is a Army combat veteran who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom (Philippines), and Operation New Dawn (Kuwait). He is a recipient of the Combat Action Badge, Purple Heart, two Meritorious Service Medals, four Army Commendation Medals, Iraqi Service Medal with two campaign stars, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. Acosta is heavily involved in betterment of his community since separating from military service. He volunteers his time in tackling social problems such as homelessness and food insecurity, veteran suicide, and is involved in the state political scene.

Following the ceremony, there will be a three-round rifle salute and the playing of Taps.

Veterans Center Open House
Following the ceremony, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the new campus Veterans Center will host an open house in its new location in the Kirk Library room 103. The Veterans Center moved from Kemp Hall over the summer. During the open house, community and student veterans will be able to meet Erwin and connect with veterans resources, including representatives from the VA of Puget Sound, Lewis County Veterans Services, a veterans employment representative from Worksource of Thurston/Lewis County, and the Chehalis VA.

For more information about the campus Veterans Center or the services available to veterans and their families at Centralia College, call 360-623-8958.

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