Events planned for Veterans Day

Maryville College observes Veterans Day

Nov. 7, 2016

Maryville College’s Military Student Center will observe Veterans Day with a special luncheon scheduled for noon, Nov. 11, in the Proffitt Dining Room of Pearsons Hall.

Speaking at the luncheon will be retired U.S. Army Captain Claude Abbott, who served two tours in Vietnam and earned a Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. In a military career that spanned 25 years, Abbott worked extensively with Green Beret and special forces units. He retired in 1993 and has since held positions with the Veterans of Foreign Wars and supported the Reserve Officers Association and Disabled American Veterans organizations.

Abbott will speak on military history, what makes a soldier, the sacrifices of our veterans and the hardships veterans face with reintegration into civilian life.

“I invited [Abbott] to speak because he is a strong supporter of the military program here at the College and a person who epitomizes the spirit of the American soldier,” said Lt. Col. (R) Ted Higgs, Maryville College’s director of military student services. “I can think of no finer person to invite to address us on the occasion of Veterans Day. His son, Joe Abbott, is one of our fine student veterans.”

The event is open to student veterans and military dependents, faculty, staff and any interested students at Maryville College. The luncheon is not a catered event; attendees should pay and go through the serving lines in the Margaret Ware Dining Room and take their food back to the PDR.

National Guard brings static display

Starting at 10:30 a.m., Nov. 11, members of the Tennessee National Guard’s 1-230th Assault Helicopter Battalion will set up a static display of vehicles and equipment in front of Pearsons Hall.

The campus community is invited to stop by, learn more about the unit and thank military personnel members for their service.

Written by Karen Beaty Eldridge ’94, Executive Director for Marketing & Communications


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the Fall 2017 semester is 1,181.