College Joins National Remembrance Day Roll Call on November 11 to Honor Military Men and Women Killed in Iraq and Afghanistan

PHILADELPHIA, October 26, 2011—Community College of Philadelphia will join more than 157 schools in all 50 states in the Remembrance Day National Roll Call,” scheduled to take place in Philadelphia from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 a.m., on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11.

The names of 20 local service men and women, including a 2002 Community College of Philadelphia graduate, killed in Iraq and Afghanistan during the past decade will be read in Room P2-03 in the College’s Pavilion Building, located on 17th Street between Callowhill and Spring Garden Streets. A national moment of silence also will be observed at 2 p.m. (EST).

The list of Philadelphia’s fallen heroes includes College alumnus Army Sgt. Brahim J. Jeffcoat of North Philadelphia. Jeffcoat was killed by an improvised explosive device in 2005 while conducting convoy operations in Iraq. He was assigned to the Pennsylvania Army National Guard’s Company A, 1st Battalion, 111th Infantry. He was 25 and left behind a young daughter.

The Remembrance Day National Roll Call is sponsored nationally by the Veterans Knowledge Community of NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. NASPA is a 12,000-member association for the advancement, health and sustainability of the student affairs professionals. The Veterans Knowledge Community’s mission is to advocate for best practices to help student-veterans transition to college and succeed.

Stephen J. Bachovin, coordinator of the College’s Veterans Resource Office, said the College is the only Philadelphia area participant in the national event. “This is a joint project with my office, the Veterans Association and the Pennsylvania National Guard,” Bachovin said. “Although the College does not have a Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) unit, a number of ROTC members from four-year schools in the area attend classes here.”

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Brett Morris, coordinator of the National Roll Call, said the Remembrance Day National Roll Call will send a powerful message to the troops currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan that their peers have not forgotten their sacrifices, or those of the fallen.

“The reading of individual names is very poignant because it emphasizes the significance of each and every life lost,” said Morris, who is the associate director for veteran’s affairs at Eastern Kentucky University. “Like the names inscribed at the new 9-11 Memorial in New York, each of the fallen deserve to be remembered for their sacrifice. The event is simply to honor those who have sacrificed so much on our behalf.”

For more information, about the National Roll Call effort, contact Brett Morris at 859-622-7838 (office), or 859-582-5774 (cell), or remembrancerollcall@gmail.com. Find a list of participating schools at http://va.eku.edu/rollcall.