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Acts of Kindness, Veterans Remembrance Highlight Fall Events

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Florida saluted America's veterans while highlighting the week with volunteer activities.
Retired Army Staff Sargent Robert Hunter delivers the keynote speech as Dr. Tom Duncan, Felix Moyeno and Dawn Musgrave-Demarest look on.

Retired Army Staff Sargent Robert Hunter delivers the keynote speech as Dr. Tom Duncan, Felix Moyeno and Dawn Musgrave-Demarest look on.


November 16, 2012

As academic and athletic events swung into full season, Northwood University Florida saluted America's veterans while highlighting the week with volunteer activities.

Faculty, staff, students and friends paid tribute at the annual ceremony by writing over 200 veteran notes of thanks as part of the university's Acts of Kindness Week led by Student Services EXCEL Program Director Carol Wagmeister.

The salute to veterans, spearheaded by registrar and veteran certifier Dawn Musgrave-Demarest, was highlighted by moving reflections from keynote speaker Retired Army Staff Sergeant (SSG) Robert Hunter, the recitation of the national anthem by Northwood employee Felix Moyeno and profound thoughts from Northwood University Florida President Dr. Tom Duncan as he delivered the invocation.

"Today, as we honor those who have served our Nation in all branches of the Armed Forces, we remember especially those who, even Today, stand guard around the world – those who fight today for the cause of Freedom in Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf, and on ships and planes and air bases in distant lands. Protect them, guide them, give them victory and success in their work of Defending Freedom, and bring them safely home to all those who love them. For the families of those who serve today – for parents, spouses, children, sisters and brothers – we ask for a special measure of comfort, peace, and blessing. Guard their hearts, as their sons and daughters guard our Liberty," shared Duncan as part of the prayer.

Additional Acts of Kindness activities included answering calls to Sandy storm victims, donating clothing to the needy, participating in fundraisers for medical maladies and more.