Piedmont Virginia Community College hosted a tribute Monday morning for all students and staff who have served in the military.
The event, in honor of Veterans Day, kicked off with drums and bagpipes as the American Legion Color Guard did their "marching of the colors."
That was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, the national anthem and a moment of silence. Then, PVCC president Frank Friedman gave some brief remarks before breakfast was served.
Sergeant-at-Arms Michael Carwile said, "Well having events like this allows us to show not only the community but the actual veterans that everybody wants to help, everyone is here, we are supportive regardless of if we say it or not. Just shaking someone's hand, patting them on the back, saying thank you, means the world. And some people overlook that."
PVCC just received a $67,000 grant for veterans services. The school is using the money to fund a new veterans advisor position at the college, as well as for outreach and marketing.
Organizers of Monday's events say they hope to team up with the University of Virginia for Veterans Day next year. They also hope to be able to have an even larger ceremony in the future.