MCHENRY, Md. (AP) — A community college in western Maryland is honoring students who are military veterans by giving them a special place to study and relax.

The Cumberland Times-NewS reports that Monday’s dedication of a veterans lounge at Garrett College in McHenry features guest speakers and a 21-gun salute.

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College President Richard MacLennan says students who are veterans need a quiet place to study and be with other veterans.

The lounge includes a big-screen TV and theater-style seating, all funded by community donations.

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MacLennan says veterans comprise 5 percent of the student population.

He says the lounge sends a message that the community is grateful for their service and that Garrett College is committed to serving them.

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