Motivational speaker and veteran David Serpa will speak at this year’s Veterans Day Ceremony at Weatherford College on Nov. 9.
The annual event begins at 10:45 a.m. in the Kramer Flag Plaza located in front of the Academic Building and is open to all members of the community.
Serpa, a veteran of the United States Marines, was serving with Clayton Beauchamp, one of Weatherford’s fallen heroes, the day Beauchamp was killed in Afghanistan by an IED in 2012.
In a memorial statement written for Beauchamp this past August commemorating the anniversary of his death, Serpa said he no longer dreads this time of year.
“I can simply acknowledge it for being a time of year when I get to remember my friends,” he said. “There is balance to everything—there is yin and yang—and I have to remember that in order to take the blame for another's death, you have to take the credit for every good thing they did too. You have to take the credit for the extraordinary amount of courage it took to volunteer to go.”
The Veterans Day ceremony will also include the traditional presentation of the flags, a memorial wreath along with bagpipes and a time to honor local Gold Star Families.
Sonny Burgess will also perform along with the WC jazz band and choir.