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Canisius College hosts Veterans Day events

by jmaloni

Press release

Thu, Nov 8th 2012 07:00 am

The Canisius College Office of Veterans Services and Army ROTC will host Veterans Day events to remember the sacrifices of America's 25 million veterans. All events are free and open to the public.

LTC Gerald "Andy" Boston, US Army War College, will present a talk titled "A Time to Serve, A Time to Lead," on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 9 a.m. in Lyons Hall Room 311.

On Monday, Nov. 12, Canisius will hold a Veterans Day observance in front of Old Main at the college's Greatest Generation Memorial beginning at noon. In addition to remarks by President John J. Hurley, the Canisius community will pay special respect to the more than 6,000 service members who gave their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan, with a reading of the names of those who died in these conflicts. The roll call is expected to last several hours.

Brian Castner, former U.S. Air Force explosive ordinance officer, will read from his new, critically acclaimed book "The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life that Follows," at 1 p.m. in the Bouwhuis Library, first floor.

As part of the National Roll Call, Canisius will also observe a "minute of silence" at 2 p.m. to honor the fallen. Canisius is one of 97schools nationwide, and one of two in New York state, to participate in the Roll Call.

As a show of service and pride, all Canisius faculty and staff who are veterans are encouraged to wear their ribbons or medals on Veterans Day. Medals tell a story of service, sacrifice, honor and accomplishment. By wearing them on Veterans Day, Canisius veterans can tell their story to the entire college and help teach students the true meaning of citizenship and freedom.

For more information, contact the Canisius College Office of Public Relations at 716-888-2790.

Canisius College is one of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation.

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