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Retired major general aims to inspire future veterans at MVCC

Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica had a special speaker for their Veterans Day celebration today.

Posted: Nov. 10, 2017 1:48 PM
Updated: Nov. 10, 2017 1:48 PM

UTICA – Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica had a special speaker for their Veterans Day celebration today.

Retired Major General Peter Lennon wants to inspire future veterans, and there are many military-minded students at MVCC.

Lennon also wants to remind retired members that the courage, honor and responsibility are never left on the battlefield or on distant lands; they remain inside them, forever, even after the uniform goes into storage.


“When they wore a uniform, they were a force,” said Lennon. “They've taken the uniform off, but they still need to be a force. They need to be leaders. They've got the skills to be role models.”

Major General Lennon served in Germany after the Cold War, and more recently in Iraq. He and his wife are central New York natives, and they're in the process of moving back.

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