‘Frontlines of Freedom’ host Denny Gillem to speak at GRCC Veterans Day observance



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications

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Nov. 2, 2016 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A military news and radio host will give the keynote address during Grand Rapids Community College's Veterans Day observance on Nov. 11.

Denny Gillem has hosted "Frontlines of Freedom," a weekly, nationally syndicated military talk-radio show, for more than nine years. A West Point graduate, he served 22 years in active duty as an infantryman, including two years in combat in Vietnam. His awards include the Combat Infantryman's Badge, Airborne wings, the Ranger tab, the Silver Star, five Bronze Stars, and two Purple Hearts. Now retired from the military, he teaches American government classes at GRCC.

"Denny Gillem brings a breadth of experience -- from not only his own perspective but from the many veterans he has connected with over the years," said GRCC President Steven C. Ender. "We are honored that he will share his thoughts with our students, staff and the Grand Rapids community."

In addition to Gillem's presentation, the ceremony, which starts at 10:45 a.m. on the south end of the Juan Olivarez Student Plaza, will include a moment of silence, the planting of flags and a tree lighting. An open house follows until 1 p.m. in room 55 of the Main Building, 143 Bostwick Ave. NE.

Grand Rapids Community College has been offering educational opportunities in West Michigan for more than 100 years. Established in 1914, the college offers degree courses, certification and training programs, and workshops and personal enrichment classes. Offerings are held on GRCC’s downtown Grand Rapids campus, and at several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties, as well as through distance learning.