Harding honors local veterans at annual breakfast

The American Studies Institute at Harding University hosted its fifth annual Breakfast with a Veteran Monday, Nov. 11, in Cone Chapel in the David B. Burks American Heritage Building on Harding’s campus. Veterans and their guests enjoyed a complimentary breakfast and a program paying tribute to members of the U.S. armed forces and local individuals who serve or have served honorably in uniform. Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin delivered the keynote address.

“It is important for our community of students, faculty and staff to honor our veterans every day,” said Kim Kirkman, executive director of the American Studies Institute. “One of my favorite things about hosting this breakfast is meeting the people across our campus and in our community who have served our country in one of the branches of the U.S. military. I get teary-eyed each year when we play the Armed Forces Medley and the veterans stand when their song is playing. These veterans are proud of their service and it makes me proud to have a chance to honor them on this occasion.”

The campus organization began hosting the annual breakfast event in 2015 as a way to connect students and local veterans. Attendants enjoy an informal atmosphere sharing in food and conversation with students, members of the community and fellow veterans.

For more information about the American Studies Institute, visit harding.edu/asi or call 501-279-4497. For other Harding events and free and low cost services available to the community, visit harding.edu/community.