SUNY Old Westbury hosted a Veterans Day Remembrance Event, which included a ceremony attended by dozens of students, faculty and staff. The ceremony was hosted on Veterans Day, where the event started with a short speech commemorating the dedication and commitment of Veterans in protecting our nation.
Prior to the event, SUNY Old Westbury President Calvin O. Butts said, “Veterans Day is an opportunity for each of us to thank veterans for their service, to acknowledge and appreciate their contributions to our national security, and to recognize their sacrifices. This includes a number of students, faculty, and staff among our own campus community who are veterans. Today, and every day, we should reflect on the liberties we enjoy and the role the men and women of the armed forces across our nation’s history have played in earning and protecting those rights. There are more than 20 million of these heroes walking among us today, saying little and still serving our communities in many ways. We must all remember and honor their dedication to our nation.”
After the speech, students had the opportunity to place flags in remembrance of Veterans. More than 100 flags were placed in front of the main academic building on campus, and there was a letter-writing campaign that followed throughout the day. The goal was to hit 100 letters within an hour of the campaign starting, which was easily exceeded. The letters were then given to a local American Legion to distribute to veterans at local hospitals or abroad. It was with these letters that veterans would be reminded of how much citizens appreciate their sacrifice to our country.
Tiffanie is a Social Media Assistant Intern at SUNY System Administration. She is a senior at SUNY Albany double-majoring in Psychology and Communications.