By Nolan P. Smith
(Victorville)– Victor Valley College will be holding a Patriot Day Ceremony on Sunday, September 11th in remembrance of the men and women who answered their last call on the tragic day of September 11th, 2001, as well as recognize those who serve our communities today on a daily basis.
The public is invited to attend and be a part of this tribute with VVC’s student leaders in honoring these fallen heroes.
The ceremony will begin promptly at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, and will take place at the “United We Stand” Monument, which is located in front of the campus library. Students from a variety of VVC’s programs will be in attendance, including students from the following programs: Nursing, Fire Academy, Paramedic Academy, STC Corrections Academy, POST Basic Law Enforcement Academy, and the VVC College Singers.
The “United We Stand” monument, which was designed by VVC student Joan Sowinski, was dedicated on Monday, September 11, 2006. Five years earlier Dr. Prem Reddy, Chairman of the Board of Desert Valley Hospital, had the idea of United We Stand to raise funds to build a memorial to help pull the community back together.
The “United We Stand” monument was erected through the generosity of the following donors: Desert Valley Hospital, PrimeMed Pharmacies, Indian American Cultural Association, Daily Press, ARMAC Insurance, Xerox, GE Medical Systems & Mojave Radiation Oncology Center, St. Mary Choice Medical Group, MWB Business System, City National Bank, Victor Valley Community Hospital, Victor Valley IPA Medical Group, F.Allen Rutledge, LL, MD, Vir K. Nanda, MD, Hari Reddy, MD, Victor Valley College, High Desert Primary Care Medical Group, Sikh Cultural of the High Desert, Venkat R. Vangala, MD, Inc, The Barker Family, Desert Cities Dialysis, Dr, Yelamanchili, Roche Labs, High Tech Signs, Victor Auto Plaza, Gary Purscell, Washington Mutual, Guss and Debby Vopalensky, Marcee and Mark Samberg, High Desert Islamic Society, Crismali Foot and Ankle, Ravi Lyer, MD, Kamath Medical Group,Thompson and Thompson Law Office, High Desert Cardiopulmonary Medical Group,Val Armienti, Dr. Wassef, Panch Jeakumar, Md, Desert Valley Hospital Auxiliary, Clear Channel Communication, Valley Orthopedic Center, Anupama Sharma, MD, Guardian Medical Group, Merck, Robert A. Martinez Architect & Assoc., Bear Valley Party Rentals, Patrick and Jenifer Silvestri, Jurgenson Painting, Barstow Hospital, Robert Bearman, MD, Riverside Cement, Mojave Copy and Printing & Golden State Fire Pro.