SAN MARCOS — The Palomar College Governing Board proclaimed Nov. 11 through Nov. 15 as Veterans Week at the college, 1140 W. Mission Road.The Veterans Services Office (VSO) held a public ceremony Nov. 7 in the lawn area near the Veterans Memorial. The program included the Marine Wing Support Squadron 373 Color Guard with the Parade of Colors, the Navy Band Southwest Brass Quintet, a flag dedication by Jessica Horn, U.S. Marine Corps veteran and Veterans Services Technician in the VSO.
Donations of care package items for veterans are also being collected. Those who wish to contribute may bring donations to the VSO, throughout the week. In addition to money, care package items being accepted include baby wipes, soap, shampoo and conditioner, deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpaste, books, magazines, iTunes cards, phone cards, writing materials, envelopes, and small snacks.
Veterans will be honored throughout the week and the college will be closed on Nov. 11 in honor of the national Veterans Day holiday. On Nov. 12, veterans will be served free coffee and given Palomar College Veteran Strong bracelets near the Student Union. On Nov. 13, veterans will also be given the Veteran Strong bracelets, plus representatives from the San Marcos Vet Center will be at a booth on the Student Union patio sharing information about VA benefits including VA healthcare. On Nov. 14, a Hoop It Up for Heroes informal basketball game will be held in the Student Union quad.
On Nov. 15, a Veterans softball game will take place on the Palomar softball field. For more information about Palomar College’s Veterans’ Services, go to palomar.edu/veterans/.