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Syracuse University Prepares for Veterans Day Celebrations

Syracuse University is a popular school in the country for veterans. (c) 2017 Gabrielle Caracciolo

Listen here to find out about some of this year’s new additions to Veteran’s Day at SU.

by Gabrielle Caracciolo SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — This year Syracuse University’s Office of Veteran and Military Affiars is bringing in new aspects to their annual Veteran’s Day celebrations. Director of Communications Stephanie Salanger says these new additions begin with Command Sargent Major Cynthia Pritchet coming as the speaker at the Hendricks Chapel service tomorrow. Pritchett is the longest running female commander in U.S. Army combat history.

“That’s really interesting to have somebody at such senior senior leadership coming to the campus to help us commemorate Veteran’s Day and help us celebrate all the contributions of Veterans, ” Salanger said.

On Saturday Salanger says for the first time senior leadership from Fort Drum will attend the football game as honorary captains. Also at the game a one hundred and three year old vet will be recognized as Syracuse’s hometown hero. Salanger says she beleives it is important to continue to connect the Syracuse community with Veteran’s especially around Veteran’s Day.

“Syracuse University obviously has a rich history of Veterans within their communities andso we’re continuing that this year,” she said.

She says planning efforts have run smoothly because all colleges on campus have willingly gotten involved. Salanger credits this to the fact that Chancellor Syverud has made prioritizing Veterans at S-U one of his strategic initiatives. That initiative appears to be working as the Military Times has ranked Syracuse University the number one private school in the country for Veterans for 2017.