It’s not every day a student arrives on campus with their whole life tucked away into a single military duffle bag, but for Kelvin Nyamalor, a student veteran at Syracuse University, that was exactly how he arrived. “I came here during the…
Campus Community Celebrates Veterans, University’s Commitment to Them with Numerous Events
In celebration of Veterans Day, and in keeping with the University’s commitment to be the “best place for veterans,” Syracuse will host multiple events ahead of the official observance on Sunday, Nov. 11. Syracuse’s commitment to veterans dates back to World War II when Chancellor William P. Tolley opened the University’s doors to military personnel returning from war and continues today with veteran and military-connected programs and resources, including the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs, the Office of Veteran Success and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families. The University was recently named the No. 1 private school on the Military Times’ annual Best for Vets rankings.
Veterans Day-related events are inclusive and open to all members of the Syracuse community:
Wednesday, Nov. 7-Wednesday, Nov. 14
“A purchase with a purpose” will be held at the Syracuse University Bookstore. The store will feature Operation Hat Trick merchandise; proceeds from sales are donated through Operation Hat Trick to organizations that support the recovery of wounded service members and veterans.
Thursday, Nov. 8
5-7:30 p.m., Goldstein Faculty and Alumni Center
Syracuse Veterans’ Writing Group reading of “The Weight of My Armor” and reception
Friday, Nov. 9
ROTC Fun Run & Walk: Starts at Schine Student Center, finishes on Shaw Quad (to sign up visit veterans.syr.edu/veterans-day-fun-run/)
9:30-10:30 a.m. Melanie Gray Ceremonial Courtroom, Dineen Hall
College of Law’s Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism and Veterans Issues, Support Initiative and Outreach Network’s (VISION) Veterans Day Celebration, with reception to follow in the Levy Atrium. R.S.V.P. to firstname.lastname@example.org.
11 a.m.-noon, Hendricks Chapel
Veterans Day Ceremony, with keynote address by the highest-ranking female military officer to graduate from Syracuse University, Major General Peggy C. (Huther) Combs ’85. Lunch to follow in Panasci Lounge, Schine Student Center
7 p.m. Carrier Dome
SU Football vs. Louisville, Hometown Hero, Major General Peggy C. (Huther) Combs
Saturday, Nov. 10
9-10:30 a.m. Oakwood Cemetery
Veteran section of Oakwood Cemetery clean-up: Section 15a
2 p.m. Grant Auditorium, Falk Hall
Screening and discussion of “A New Leash on Life: The K9’s for Warriors Story”
Thursday, Nov. 15
8 p.m. Setnor Auditorium at Crouse College
United States Air Force Heritage of America Band free concert
A Veterans Day Snapchat filter will be available on much of Main/North Campus, including the Shaw Quad and Hendricks Chapel, on Friday and Monday.