Veterans Salute Features Col. Tim Wiseman
WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College paid tribute to those who have served the country militarily with its annual Veterans Salute in the Craig F. Goess Student Center Nov. 12.
Col. Tim Wiseman, assistant vice chancellor for Enterprise Risk Management at East Carolina University, was the program’s featured speaker. Wiseman, who joined ECU in 2009, served in the Army for more than 25 years as a finance corps officer and resource manager.
Wiseman, who has a son currently attending PCC, told his audience of students, employees and members of the general public, that he considered it a privilege to live in a community that “thinks so highly” of the military. He noted that 792,000 veterans currently reside in North Carolina, 10,000 of them in Pitt County.
Wiseman said PCC’s annual Veterans Salute and ceremonies like it are important because they keep alive the stories and memories of individuals who have sacrificed greatly for their country. He said he realized several years ago that piecing together, veterans’ stories creates “a snapshot of history” of real people with real lives who made real sacrifices.
“We must take time to read and hear veterans’ stories,” Wiseman said. “We must remember the gallantry and lasting legacy of service to country they (established).”
At the conclusion of his speech, Wiseman encouraged audience members to rally behind veterans and show them gratitude throughout the year. “There are a lot of ways to say thanks and make Veterans Day more than one day on the calendar,” he said.
This year’s Veterans Salute was the fifteenth PCC has held to honor the nation’s military personnel, past and present. In addition to Wiseman’s speech, the event featured a color guard from D.H. Conley High School and a performance by PCC’s gospel choir, Elements of Praise.
Nicole Robinson sang the National Anthem to lead off this year’s veterans tribute, and veterans in attendance were recognized by the college as their respective branch of service’s official anthem was played.