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MGCCC honors veterans with a walk around campus

A ceremony on Tuesday honored those who sacrificed their lives for their country and those who continue to put themselves in harm's way every day. (Photo source: WLOX) A ceremony on Tuesday honored those who sacrificed their lives for their country and those who continue to put themselves in harm's way every day. (Photo source: WLOX)
MGCCC officials say this veterans walk was to show those who serve that they are supported every step of the way. (Photo source: WLOX) MGCCC officials say this veterans walk was to show those who serve that they are supported every step of the way. (Photo source: WLOX)
GAUTIER, MS (WLOX) -

Balancing college and military life can be a difficult thing to do. That's why Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College officials said the Gautier campus wanted to show support for military members with a walk around campus to honor veterans.

A ceremony on Tuesday honored those who sacrificed their lives for their country and those who continue to put themselves in harm's way every day.

"I think we have to, either way, show support for what they decide to do and their decisions. Because they're giving their lives and that's the most important thing," said Cassidy Birchfield, student.

Service members said getting a college education can also be a battle when trying to keep up with the demands of military life. So they appreciate MGCCC for understanding that.

"It can be difficult to juggle sometimes. Even one weekend a month, especially if you have to go on a Friday afternoon to report to training. They've never had a problem with my guard service, as far as making my one weekend a month commitment to go to drill weekend, to go train. And the next week, I'm right back in the classroom," said Robert Krebs, Mississippi National Guardsman.

Whether active duty military or retirees, MGCCC officials say this veterans walk was to show those who serve that they are supported every step of the way. 

"We wanted to say thank you today. We wanted them to know that we support them. That we stand one behind them. We want to educate them, so they can be even more prepared for the tasks that are at hand. We marched today to show that solidarity," MGCCC Gautier Vice President Carmen Walters said.

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College officials said they currently have a partnership with Keesler Air Force Base to help provide education for service members. 

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