‘TROY for Troops’: First Lady, University honored for support of military personnel
Troy University First Lady Janice Hawkins and the University’s “TROY for Troops” program recently received recognition for service to U.S. military men and women.
Maj. General Arthur M. Bartell, Commanding General of the United States Army Cadet Command, presented Mrs. Hawkins with a “Certificate of Achievement” in appreciation of the University’s efforts during the spring commencement luncheon on the Troy Campus. Gen. Bartell served as the keynote speaker for the Troy Campus’ spring commencement ceremony on May 7.
The certificate commended Mrs. Hawkins for “exemplary support to U.S. Military men and women at home at abroad.”
“Your selfless service on the TROY for Troops campaign, the TROY Cares message to veterans and personal letters to Troy University students deployed in hazardous areas and many other contributions, far exceed any expectations,” the certificate reads. “The personal sacrifice of your time to work with and recognize wounded warriors in the Wiregrass Region is appreciated by soldiers around the world. Your contributions both here and abroad reflect great character and heart. Thank you for all that you do.”
“TROY for Troops,” led by Mrs. Hawkins, began in 2006 as an effort to identify and thank current students, alumni, faculty or staff members – or members of their immediate families – who are on active military duty. The ongoing project has included the shipment of care packages and “TROY for Troops” t-shirts to members of the armed services serving in combat zones.
In addition, a special “TROY for Troops” collectible coin has been sold by the University’s Student Government Association with proceeds used to ship coins to men and women serving in combat zones.
“I believe it is vitally important that we continue to demonstrate our gratitude and support for our military men and women as they put themselves in harm’s way to serve our country,” Mrs. Hawkins said. “Troy University has been paying special tribute to members of our armed forces through our ‘TROY for Troops’ program since 2006, and the feedback and gratitude we have received has been tremendous.”
Troy University annually honors veterans and active duty members of the military each November in honor of Veterans’ Day. This year, the John M. Long School of Music will present its “Salute to Veterans” concert at 7 p.m. on Nov. 5 at the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts on the Montgomery Campus and at 7 p.m. on Nov. 15 in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus. The University also pays tribute to the military during a home football game each November. This year’s “Salute to Armed Forces” game is set for Nov. 27 as the Trojans welcome Western Kentucky to Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Tribute also will be paid to members of the military during the University’s annual “Sound of the Seasons” concert presented by the College of Communication and Fine Arts. The concert will be held in the Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus on Dec. 2 and at the Davis Theatre for the Performing Arts on the University’s Montgomery Campus at 7 p.m. on Dec. 9.