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NCCC sets annual ceremony for veterans

by jmaloni
Sat, Nov 8th 2014 01:55 pm

Niagara County Community College will host its annual Veterans Day Ceremony on at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 10, at NCCC's Veterans Memorial Park, 3111 Saunders Settlement Road, Sanborn.

Brandon A. Czerwinski, a freshman in the business administration program at NCCC, will lead the annual ceremony. He is also the current president of the NCCC Student Veteran Association. Czerwinski served in the U.S. Navy as a nuclear electronics technician for six years.

The keynote speaker for this year's ceremony is State Senator-elect, Robert G. Ortt, who is currently mayor of North Tonawanda. Ortt is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, where he served from March 2008 until December of the same year. He enlisted in the New York Army National Guard in October 2001 in direct response to the attacks America faced on Sept. 11.

Ortt is the recipient of the Bronze Star, the Army Commendation Medal, the Afghan Campaign Medal and the Combat Infantryman's Badge in recognition of his service.

The Student Veteran Speaker will be Evan Nelson, who served in the U.S. Navy as a cryptologist technician (interpreter) of the Mandarin language for six years. He is currently enrolled as a freshman in the computer information systems program.

The Veterans Day ceremony is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served immediately after the ceremony in the Notar Administration Building lobby.

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