Student vets observe D-Day anniversary

For members of the Student Veterans of Lee College, the recent celebration of the 70th anniversary of D-Day in Liberty was a chance to salute and give back to their fellow former military service members.

After riding on a float and passing out candy and beads as part of the Liberty D-Day Parade, the students visited with veterans and distributed care packages at the Liberty Health Care Center. Gifts in the package included Lee College notebooks, toiletries and undergarments donated by faculty, staff and other students.

“It was great to be able to pay our respects to those that fought in World War II. Those are the guys we really want to thank for everything we have today,” said Hernan Hernandez, a student-veteran and U.S. Marine Corps sergeant who served four years. “Some of the guys at the health care center rarely have anybody who comes to see them. It was important to let them know there’s somebody that cares out there and they are not forgotten.”

The veterans center will continue to collect items to distribute to veterans at the Liberty Health Care Center and other local facilities, according to director Ehab Mustafa.

“They gave the best for their country when they were needed, now they are the ones that are in need,” Mustafa said. “They are the last few of the greatest generation, and we need to take every chance to celebrate their accomplishments and show our gratitude.”

For more information about making a donation, contact the Lee College Veterans Center at 832.556.4300 or va@lee.edu.