UTICA, N.Y. – Utica College is honoring veterans with a special monument and flagpole. A dedication ceremony was held at the campus on Friday.
The Student Veterans Association and Student Contractors Association collaborated on these commemorative efforts to also recognize students and alumni who have served in the armed forces.
“We're here at Utica College going through our day-to-day, you know acknowledging the people, the men and women who are sacrificing their time, their life for our freedom, and we wouldn't have that freedom or this luxury of going to college without that sacrifice,” said Clayton Hawes, president of the Student Veterans Association at Utica College.
Hawes also services in the U.S. Army Reserves.
Maj. Gen. Peter Lennon was the keynote speaker at the event. Lennon was the former director of international military deployment and distribution operations throughout the Middle East.
Utica College was originally founded by Syracuse University to educate veterans returning from World War II. The institution has recently been designated a purple heart campus.