Cape Fear Community College honored our soldiers and kicked off a new project to celebrate Veterans Day. Members from every branch of the military took part in Cape Fear's Veterans Day celebration. CFCC history students launched a new project to preserve veterans memories forever. Cape Fear Community College officials honored past and present military members Tuesday. They will continue to do so with the Veterans History Project, which will help preserve American history for years to come. Students will interview veterans from all branches of the military and collect personal documents as part of the project. Students say they are excited to get started. “I mean the armed forces are a part of history and my family, and this is a better way to learn about the history of our country,” said Madison Rife, a student working on the project. While organizers hope students will use the Veterans History Project to learn about those who served our country in the past, they also hope it will help students learn about those they take classes with every day. “Many of our own students have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is a chance for our students to get to know, and put a face on the veterans that have served overseas,” said Bob Brennan who teaches history at Cape Fear. Sgt. Sean Debevoise is one of those students that has served in the military. He said he has received plenty of support since enrolling at Cape Fear, and believes the project will only help. “I know the faculty and even some of the students have been helping me out with some of my studies since last spring. I'm sure there's going to be a lot more help to come.” Students participating in the project say they don't mind helping out former soldiers in the classroom, in fact, they say they are fortunate to attend classes together. At the project kick-off, veterans said they had a feeling around campus they haven't felt in a while. “I haven't felt this much camaraderie since I've actually been deployed in Iraq so, it's been a long time,” Debevoise said. Students will be collecting stories until May. Any veterans who would like to participate in the project can call 910-362-7235 for more information.
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