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Libraries Celebrates Veterans Day Nov. 8-14
Syracuse University Libraries is celebrating Veterans Day and honoring student veterans from Nov. 8-14 with the following events in the Miron Learning Commons, located on the first floor of Bird Library:
- A book display highlighting several books by or about Syracuse University alumni veterans, including: “Invisible No More: A historical novel,” a new novel about student athlete and veteran Wilmeth Sidat-Singh ’39 written by Scott Pitoniak ’77 and Rick Burton ’80; “Shooter: Combat from Behind the Camera” and “A Photojournalist’s Field Guide,” two books by Stacy Pearsall ’80; and ‘Through The Glass Ceiling to the Stars’ by U.S. Air Force Col. (Ret.) and retired NASA astronaut Eileen M. Collins ’78 H’01 with Jonathan H. Ward.
- In collaboration with members of the Student Veteran Organization (SVO), a display of several posters that student veterans created in which they share photos and reflections about their lived experiences and identities as veterans, students and members of the Syracuse University community.
- As in years’ past, there will be a letter writing station where Libraries’ users are encouraged to send a letter, card or drawing to veterans and active-duty military service members. The Libraries will coordinate distribution of the letters with Operation Gratitude.
In addition to the aforementioned activities on the first floor, Syracuse University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center in collaboration with the Department of Digital Stewardship launched a digital exhibition this month titled “Our Doors Opened Wide: Syracuse University and the GI Bill, 1945-1950,” which details the history of Syracuse University’s commitment to serving veterans, dating back to the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944.