By Carlo Valladares
In appreciation for our troops, Veterans Day is a day of celebration and gratitude. At the LIU Post campus, it will be no different. Post is hosting a number of events all week that are being organized by Veteran Students United (VSU).
“The VSU will be honoring our veterans with a flag raising ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 12, during common hour,” said Dan Potenzieri, the Student Government Association (SGA) president and vice president of Veteran Students United.
“In addition we will be having a Women in the Military banquet on Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the Top of Commons from 7 to 8:30 p.m.,” he added.
Veterans Day Events:
- VA E-benefits Training Exercise: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., in the Library Computer Lab.
- G.I. Joe Fashion Show: Thursday, Nov. 14, during Common Hour in the Hillwood Commons Lobby.
- Long Island Soldiers Project Presentation: Thursday, Nov. 14, from 2 to 4 pm., in the Hillwood Commons TV room.
- Bowling for Veterans: Friday, Nov. 15, 7 to 11 p.m., at Syosset Lanes, 111 Eileen Way, Syosset, NY 11791.
What exactly do we celebrate on Veterans Day? We celebrate the Veterans, yes, but how and for what? “I think Veterans Day is important because it reminds our nation about the sacrifices our men and women
have made to maintain the principles of freedom and democracy,” said Potenzieri, who is also a first-generation U.S. Marine. “Many of our men and women in the armed forces serve several tours of duty overseas, away from their friends and family,” he added. However, this year is especially significant to Potenzieri. “It means more to me now than previous years because I’m a veteran myself. It gives me great pride to know I served my country and fought alongside so many others who are no longer with us today,” he said.
“It serves as a day to remember those past, present and future who decided to do something much larger than themselves and many have paid the ultimate sacrifice for that,” he added.
While Nov. 11 is a day for some students to celebrate by sleeping in, some recognize that this holiday is a day of thanks. “I plan on attending the flag raising ceremony on Nov. 12 during common hour and calling my father, who is a veteran, and thanking him,” said Nick Butera, a sophomore Health Science major. “I also plan on watching ‘Saving Private Ryan’; who doesn’t do that on Veterans Day?”
Zach Servino, a junior Broadcast Major, said, “I’ll probably attend the flag ceremony. [I’ll] express my thanks that way and watch ‘Band of Brothers.’”
Veterans Day continues to be observed on Nov. 11, regardless of what day of the week it falls on. It is a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.