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National Vietnam War Veterans Day 2020

As an American Soldier who was privileged to serve others and our Nation for 37 years, I have experienced on countless occasions people’s expressions of appreciation for my military service. It is always an immensely humbling experience that truly warms the heart.

 

Unfortunately, such personal displays of unexpected kindness have not always been shown to some U.S. military members. It has long been acknowledged, and I witnessed it firsthand with my father, that those who returned from the Vietnam War didn’t always receive a hero’s welcome. While we can’t travel back in time to make those wrongs right, we can take time today to honor those who served in the Vietnam War.

 

The date, March 29 of every year, has been designated by the U.S. Congress and our President as National Vietnam War Veterans Day. It was on this date back in 1973, almost fifty years ago, when all remaining U.S. troops were withdrawn from Vietnam – two decades after the war began. 

 

It is never too late to thank a Vietnam War veteran in our community and across our nation for their service and their sacrifice. On this day, Sunday, March 29, may we pause to recognize and to honor the men and women who served in the Vietnam War. May we also take time today to remember the POWs and MIAs of the Vietnam War, as well as their families.

 

We are blessed to live in a town that offers a number of ways to reach out to and to give back to Vietnam War veterans. Volunteer at the Georgia War Veterans Home or at Comfort Farms. Visit the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery, which features an avenue of flags and places flags on gravesites for special occasions such as Veterans Day. Visit a Vietnam War memorial, which includes ours here on our Milledgeville campus.

 

In addition to each of these Milledgeville locations, on this day make sure to take time to thank and to spend time with family members and friends who are Vietnam War veterans. Let them know how much they and their military service truly mean to you. Gratitude and thanks don’t have an expiration date and they never go out of style. Know that your kind words will really mean a lot to them, even – and especially – today.

A Letter from President Caldwell on Coronavirus

Dear GMC students, parents, faculty, and staff,

These are unprecedented times and we will see the ramifications long after the pandemic is over. Although there is much uncertainty, one thing has not changed and that is the commitment of Georgia Military College to the education and safety of our students attending our Prep School, Junior College, and Corps of Cadets; as well as the safety and well-being of faculty and staff at all 14 GMC Junior College campuses.

In accordance with Governor Kemp’s executive order, as well as other state and national guidelines, all GMC campuses are closed to students and we have implemented social distancing measures. All of our Students and cadets have transitioned to remote learning and online courses until March 31. Faculty and staff members will be telecommuting during this time and readily available to students on a remote basis.

We will continue to have key and essential personnel available on GMC campuses to ensure college operations are maintained as needed and for public safety. Our #1 Mission right now is to Ensure the Success of our Students and minimize to the best of our abilities the disruption to their education.

Throughout the coming days and weeks, we will continuously reassess and adjust our procedures for all GMC campuses as required and appropriate. GMC leadership has committed to communicating on a regular basis with our students. Our intent next week, if sufficient information is made available, is to decide how to move forward after March 31. We will announce any new measures and protocols in a timely manner.

Thank you for your continued understanding and patience as we all navigate through these extraordinary times for our GMC Family, surrounding communities, and beyond.

William B. Caldwell, IV
Lieutenant General, U.S. Army (Ret.)
President
Georgia Military College