Jacksonville – Veterans and families were honored at the Patriots’ Day Fun and Play event at the Jacksonville State University Recreation and Fitness Center on Thursday.
The children played the game of dodgeball, and the parents ran freely in the center, having their own fun nearby.
Justin Parker, JSU’s Director of Military and Post-Cultural Student Services (MPTSS), said:
Parker said last year his unit could only offer digital services. Assessing the ever-changing Kovid situation and the needs of the community members who regularly attend such events, he said he would like to make a different arrangement with the speakers.
“We’ve decided to make it a fun place for students to come in, to celebrate their services, to serve food,” Parker said. In the afternoon we have different games at different skill levels – you can go out and participate as much as you can.
Parker said over the past four to five years, the university has been hosting more formal events, ceremonies and guest speakers. Local service members – often to some extent with the university – speak and music and so on. They also recorded single videos to show what student patriots and other community patriots mean to them.
“We haven’t done it for obvious reasons in the last year or so.” Parker said. “I want to put the videos back to work because those are so powerful – when someone talks about their service and listening to what it means for them, it has a different meaning for different people.”
At Thursday’s event, former fighters and their families played volleyball and other games, ate food and celebrated the day in an unconventional way.
“But that’s exactly what the students want,” Parker said. Although we were still in Covd, they wanted to make arrangements to go out, have fun, and still do something.
Gladys Richerzagen, as well as the MPTSS with JSU and the Patriots itself – Navy, 2010-2014 – assisted in the event. Richardson said her role in the department was to help student patriotic refugees.
Richardson said: “I help them with their interests and make sure they have everything they need. “If they miss home, I’ll talk to them. Only me, they have a point of reference to make them feel at home.
Richardshagen was with her service dog, Quiz, who trained herself. Quincy said she was trained to be aware of her technology for anxiety and to warn her that she was experiencing a scene.
Quincy wore his own little military uniform, his full name was “Richer Hagen”.