Del Mar College celebrated the service of military veterans on Veterans Day by holding a memorial on East Campus and offering free haircuts on West Campus.
People gathered in the Retama Room in the Harvin Center on East Campus to commemorate the loss of those who have served honorably in the U.S. armed forces. Veronica Barbosa, a Del Mar College veterans service member, read aloud each name of every service member killed in action or missing in action in the Coastal Bend from World War I to present day while a fellow veterans service member rang a bell for each name spoken out. Faculty, students and family members of those who passed honored those who have lost their lives in service.
Student and veteran Jamelia Allen rings the remembrance bell in honor of fallen service members.
West Campus honored veterans by providing free haircuts to former servicemen and women in the Flato Technology building.
Lisa Gonzalez, Del Mar College instructor of cosmetology for duel credit high school, said the free haircuts were beneficial for the veterans as well as the students.
“Having a person in here to practice our experience is a wonderful opportunity for both the students and veterans. We never have people come over here because we are on West Campus and not in the mall like Aveda, but I think the veterans enjoy participating in helping the education of our students.”
Alauren Brooks, a Del Mar College student, shared how impactful the free haircuts were for her.
“It is great doing something in return especially for this generation of veterans who have served as far back as Vietnam,” she said.
U.S. Army veteran Lloyd Niederriter takes advantage of getting a free haircut on West Campus by DMC student Alauren Brooks.
Rene Trevino, a former U.S. Army veteran as well as a 1988 graduate of Del Mar College, shared his thoughts on the free haircuts.
“I came here for Veterans Day for my free haircut. I am really happy to help and it is cool because I haven’t been here on West Campus since I graduated in 1988. I am definitely coming back for more haircuts.”
Trevino received a classic buzz cut not only as a memoriam for his former look as a serviceman but because it is his go-to look.
“I always cut my hair like this,” he said. “I guess you can say the Army rubbed a little too much on me.”