The Gavilan Student Veterans of America, celebrated Nov. 9 the Changing of the Colors Ceremony to honor fellow veterans and the flag they served under. New U.S. and California Republic flags were donated by Veterans of Foreign Wars District 12 Post 9242. The new flags replaced ones that had flown over the campus for many years.
Speakers included Gavilan College President Kathleen Rose, keynote speaker Charles Weston and Veteran's Club President Ray Lopez. Charles Weston is a Vietnam veteran and director of both the Morgan Hill Freedom Fest Run and Morgan Hill Veterans Run. Gavilan student Emily Cote sang the national anthem.
Weston directed his message to the current Gavilan student veterans. He reflected on his difficulties as a student following his service during the Vietnam war, "I'm so proud that you're together here because you have each other to talk to about your experiences. Not only your experiences as veterans but also your school experiences and how difficult it may be. And maybe your money's tight but you'll get through it together," he said.
The Gavilan Student Veterans of America was established in 2011. Its mission is to help veterans and their families adapt to academic life at Gavilan College. They also operate the college's Veterans Resource Center (VRC). The VRC is a place for veterans to connect and discover campus resources.