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MCC to Host Veterans Day Recognition Ceremony Nov. 9

[Thursday, November 1, 2018]


Thomas Morrissey

McHenry County College (MCC) will host a Veterans Day Recognition Ceremony beginning with patriotic music by the MCC Concert Band and Chorus at 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9 in the MCC Gym in Building A. The college is located at 8900 U.S. Hwy. 14 in Crystal Lake. The ceremony portion begins at 9:30 a.m.

Community members and student veterans, along with faculty, staff and guests, are invited to the event that features speakers, patriotic music, posting of the colors by a combined service Color Guard, and bagpipes and drum music. In addition to recognizing veterans, visitors will have an opportunity to mingle and meet other veterans at a reception following the ceremony.

The keynote speaker is Sgt. Major (retired) Thomas Morrissey of Woodstock. He served over 30 years in the U.S Army Special Forces, with his last 14 years of service with the Illinois National Guard.

During his third combat tour to Afghanistan in the summer of 2006—then Sergeant First Class—Morrissey received multiple gunshot wounds in an ambush. He endured three years of continuous surgeries and rehabilitation in Augusta, Georgia. In April 2009 Sgt. Major Morrissey was medically retired from the Army due to his injuries and returned to the Chicagoland area. 

In 2011 Morrissey was recognized by the Medal of Honor Foundation with the “Courageous Spirit Award” for his work with wounded warriors. In 2012 he was honored with “The Silver Order of Saint Philip Neri Award,” which is given to those who demonstrate extraordinary performance and contributions to the U.S. Army Special Forces. In addition, the Sergeant Major was acknowledged by the Northwest Herald newspaper last year as an “Everyday Hero.”

Morrissey spends his personal time working to improve the services and support available to all injured soldiers and veterans as president of the board for McHenry-based Transitional Living Services for Veterans and as a board member with the Augusta, Georgia Warrior Project; both are non-profit organizations directly serving veterans.

“MCC’s annual Veterans Day program is one of many efforts at the college to honor our country’s military veterans, said Don Curfman, instructor and advisor for the Student Veterans Association at MCC. “We also help veterans transition from the military service to college with our student organization and our Student Veterans Resource Center,” Curfman added.

The events are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served following the program. For more information, contact the MCC Veterans Day Committee at (815) 479-7635.


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