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SU Honors Past, Present and Future Veterans

The Carrier Dome will welcome around 1000 veterans their families on Saturday for the football game against Clemson. (c) 2015 Meghan Flynn

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SU Honors Past, Present and Future Veterans.

By Meghan Flynn, Syracuse, N.Y. (NCC News) — Across the nation today, people are honoring veterans. On the Syracuse University campus, it is no different.

The University’s events kicked off this morning with a Fun Run, organized by SU ROTC. It was followed by a ceremony to honor veterans of the past, present and future at Hendrick’s Chapel at 11 a.m.

Marine Corps veteran and current SU student Jordan Robinson was the master of ceremonies for the event that took place today at Hendrick’s Chapel. Robinson is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public diplomacy from the Maxwell School.

Robinson said she choose Syracuse University because of the opportunities it provided for veterans. She also praised SU Chancellor Kent Syverud’s efforts to help veterans obtain a higher education saying that it’s the little changes he has made to be more accommodating to veterans that has really made the difference.

As a veteran Robinson said the greatest way somebody can thank her for her service is to educate themselves about the issues facing our veterans. Robinson is also a big supporter of Walmart’s “Green Light Initiative” saying that, “it shows your support for veterans in the community by shining a green light saying that you don’t go unnoticed.”

SU is continuing to honor veterans throughout the week by offering veterans and their families free tickets to the SU vs. Clemson football game this weekend.

Head of ticket sales for the Carrier Dome Jeremiah Maher said they are expecting up to a thousand veterans and family members for the game this Saturday. Maher and General Manager of the Carrier Dome Pete Sala both said it was the Dome and SU athletics small way to give back and that they felt is “the right thing to do.”