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College of Law to Host Virtual Veterans Day Commemoration
On Tuesday, Nov. 10, the Syracuse University College of Law and members of the greater Syracuse legal community will gather to honor those who have served in and out of uniform during the College of Law’s third annual Veterans Day Celebration. Traditionally held in Dineen Hall in the Melanie Gray Ceremonial Courtroom, this year’s ceremony—beginning at 5:30 p.m. ET—will take place virtually. Event details and the Zoom link can be found on the University calendar.
The event will include remarks from College of Law Dean Craig Boise and Syracuse University Institute for Security Policy and Law Director the Hon. James E. Baker. Lt. Gen. Charles N. Pede, the 40th Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Army, will be the event’s guest speaker. He will share his perspectives on the origin of Veterans Day and why our nation celebrates Veterans and their service.
Pede is the senior uniformed lawyer in the U.S. Army, leading more than 10,000 attorneys, paralegals and legal administrators. He graduated from the University of Virginia and received a commission through the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). After graduating the University of Virginia Law School, he attended the Judge Advocate Officer Basic and Graduate Courses, the Army Command and General Staff College, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces. As a judge advocate, Lt. Gen. Pede has deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia.
The third annual Veterans Day Celebration is presented by two College of Law student organizations, the Veterans’ Issues, Support Initiative and Outreach Network (VISION) and the National Security Student Association (NSSA).
Alexandra Calhoun, Executive Director of VISION, will host the event. The Syracuse University ROTC Joint Color Guard will present colors and Betty and Michael D. Wohl Veterans Legal Clinic student 2L Brittany Maruca will sing the National Anthem. Members of the 10th Mountain Division Office of the Staff Judge Advocate will attend virtually from their garrison at Fort Drum.