PCC to Honor Nation’s Veterans Nov. 8

Looking up from the ground at rows and rows of American flags.

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College will honor the nation’s military veterans Nov. 8 with the annual “PCC Veterans Salute,” featuring remarks from Major Andrew J. D’Antoni.

The program—PCC’s 21st to pay tribute to the country’s military personnel in conjunction with Veterans Day—will begin at 9 a.m. in the Craig F. Goess Student Center’s Davenport Multipurpose Room. It is free and open to the public.

D’Antoni, an assistant professor of Military Science with the East Carolina University Army ROTC program, is a native of Murrells Inlet, S.C. He is a 2003 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy, where he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Military Intelligence (MI) Corps.

D’Antoni’s military service includes a variety of tactical and operational level assignments. He was chief of Human Intelligence Operations at Camp Ramadi in Iraq and a counterintelligence commander at Fort Gillem in Georgia. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service and Army Commendation medals.

Following a break in active military service in 2008, D’Antoni graduated cum laude with a Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law. In addition to serving as a deputy with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department in his home state, he has practiced private law as an associate attorney with Willoughby & Hoefer, P.A. where he concentrated in complex civil litigation, financial securities fraud, and eminent domain law.

D’Antoni has been married for the past 10 years to the former Jennifer Grasha of Florence, S.C. They are the parents of three young boys: Nicholas, Jackson and William.

Sponsored by the PCC Student Veterans Association (SVA), this year’s Veterans Salute will feature the PCC Chorale performing “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” and a JROTC Color Guard from J.R. Rose High School posting and retiring the colors. It will also include remarks by PCC President Lawrence Rouse, Veterans Services Specialist Brady Quinn, SVA Advisor Ken Peel and SVA President Lucio Martinez.