Florida Keys Community College is hosting Community Day today, with a special nod to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
The event, which last year was held in February, has been moved to put it in close proximity to Veterans Day, and a subject dear to the heart of FKCC President Jonathan Gueverra.
"One sector within our community deserves particular recognition, honor and gratitude: military service members," Gueverra wrote in a recent press release. "Fittingly, our 'Community Day' will fall on Veterans Day weekend each year."
The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will feature performances from area musicians, martial artists, athletes and dancers, as well as demonstrations from various college departments, such as the ceramics studio.
There will also be interactive academic showcases, alumni information, a health fair, community organizations' exhibits, arts and crafts vendors, and children's activities such as face painting and bounce houses.
A highlight will be Gueverra's introduction of veteran Frank Toppino, the president of Charley Toppino and Sons, Inc. construction company who also serves as the chairman of the FKCC Foundation.
"Before Frank became an integral member of the college family and Keys community, he served in the United States Army Air Corps for four years during World War II," Gueverra said. "Although he wanted to be a pilot, Frank fondly recalls his time as a technical sergeant stationed in Kunming, China. Since then, Frank has contributed to society in many other ways, particularly through his service at FKCC as well as the Military Affairs Committee of Key West, Key West Chamber of Commerce, the Housing Authority of Key West, Florida Transportation Builders Association and the Florida Keys Children's Shelter. Sergeant Frank Toppino, FKCC salutes you on this Veterans Day 2013. Thank you for your continuing service to our country, state and community."
College spokeswoman Amber Ernst-Leonard called Community Day a chance for the college to thank and celebrate the people who make it possible to maintain a postsecondary education facility at the end of the road.
"From our students and alumni who privilege us by choosing FKCC to the businesses and organizations that shape our programs and employ our graduates, to the donors and volunteers who provide critical support to our students and programs," she expressed the college's gratitude.
For information, visit http://www.fkcc.edu/