The University of North Georgia Oconee Campus celebrated the grand opening of its new Veterans Center on Veterans Day. 

The Oconee Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting with UNG student veterans. Director of Nighthawk Engagement and Student Transitions Darcy Hayes described the center as “a space for them to come together and have a sense of community with one another.” 

Before the ribbon cutting, students and staff had the pleasure of hearing from Shannon Brock, police chief of Watkinsville and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He spoke about “how wonderful it is to see the spirit of patriotism growing in our country.”

“That patriotic spirit has spread to Americans of all ages,” said Brock. “Children are wearing patriotic clothing. Teenagers are hanging flags from their vehicles. College students are putting flags in their dorm room windows, and adults are flying flags proudly in their homes”

Brock also urged everyone to honor veterans “every day and in everyway we can.” 

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