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LIU Brooklyn’s Student Veterans Organization (SVO) Honors Veterans

By: Huey Bennett, Staff Writer

Veterans serve themselves food after the event | PC: Roodgally Senatus

Veterans Day was originally observed on the 11th hour, the 11th day and of the 11th month honoring the signing of the armistice, which ended the 1st World War. Now, Veterans Day is observed for almost the entire month of November to honor and remember the Veterans and current active members of the military that continue the mission to protect and defend the United States of America.

The Veterans Day Observance ceremony hosted by the Students Veterans Organization (SVO), is intended to honor and thank all military personnel who served in the United States. Hosted by members of SVO, the ceremony started off with guest speaker Dean Scott Krawczyk, who earlier in the semester participated in the opening ceremony of the Students Veterans Research Center.  Krawczyk gave a historical recap about the origin of Veterans Day, followed by the good of the LIU campus for helping the student veterans on the campus. “The opening [of the Students Veterans Research Center] represents action, not just words in saying ‘Thank you’, to those on this campus that deserve it.

Dean Karlene Thompson and her team, and including support of the New York City Department of Veterans Resources helped to make that happen. That opening represents one more step towards a stronger veterans’ support system here at LIU-Brooklyn.” Krawczyk said.

“I’m truly honored to be recognized as a local veteran.” Tyminski said. “Today, this week, and this whole month even, we’re celebrating Veterans Day. We’re celebrating and honoring all those who served and now serving, and well as those who have died in service. As we do observed Veterans Day, especially as a veteran, it’s hard not to get that tingly feeling in your chest – I’ve learned that, often times, things are so reluctant to share with you. Actually, someone has to hear it. It’s going to help someone. They need to hear it.”  she stated. “It takes much dedication and love for your country to set aside your personal ambitions and dreams, to assure the wellbeing of our nation. It takes pride and integrity…every single day.” she proceeded. Tyminski received a warm round of applause for her speech.

An SVO member with associate director of student life, Brandon Fox | PC: Roodgally Senatus

Melissa Teixeira, advisor for the Student Veterans Organization, continued the flow of the ceremony with a brief introduction of herself and giving thanks to the members of SVO for all of the hard work that they do and continue to do on and off the campus.

Moving forward, Christian Lopes carried on the ceremony with the segment of the “POW/MIA Table”, which is a ceremony recognizing all of those who can’t be here with us today. “The tradition of setting a separate table in honor of the Prisoners of War and Missing [in Action] comrades has been taken place since the end of the Vietnam War. The manner in which this table is decorated is full of special symbols to help us remember our brothers and sisters in arms.” Lopes said. For the conclusion of the ceremony, there was a moment of silence, and a segment held outside for the unfolding and raising of the American flag, by US Navy Officers’ with the bugle played Professor Kenyatta Beasley.

Lastly, there was food and refreshments served for all members and guests present back inside the Cyber Café. The SVO event was a great success and paid a tremendous amount of respect to all the members of the military. To all the members of the military: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard, and Reserves, “Thank You For Your Service”.

 

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