Ceremony at MCC to recognize veterans with speeches, bagpipes

CRYSTAL LAKE – McHenry County College will host a Veterans Day Recognition Ceremony beginning with patriotic music by the MCC Concert Band and Chorus at 9 a.m. Thursday in the gym/multipurpose room in Building A of the college, 8900 Route 14.

The keynote speaker will be McHenry County College accounting instructor Don Curfman, a retired Navy lieutenant commander. Curfman joined the Navy in 1968, following a long family tradition.

He served more than 10 years of enlisted service on several ships and aviation squadrons, including serving in Vietnam.

After earning his bachelor’s degree from Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Curfman received a commission in the Navy Supply Corps and served aboard aircraft carriers and at naval air stations throughout the world.

He earned his Master of Business Administration from Chaminade University in Honolulu.

In 1994, after 26 years of service, Curfman retired from the Navy as a lieutenant commander.

His final assignment was to assist in closing the Naval Air Station in Glenview.

He was awarded the third-highest peacetime medal for his outstanding naval service.

In 1991, Curfman started teaching accounting at McHenry County College and was hired full time in 1994.

He has served as chairman of the MCC Accounting Department for more than 15 years.

He also helped start the MCC Veterans Day Recognition program and is the faculty adviser for the Military Students and Veterans Club.

The 2012 Veterans Day Ceremony also will include an address from Micah Barcus, vice president of MCC’s Military and Student Veterans Association, posting of the colors by the Combined Service Color Guard and bagpipe music.

The event is free and open to the public.

Refreshments will be served after the program.

For information, contact the MCC Veterans Day Committee at 815-479-7635.

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