SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) — The Syracuse University Veterans Day Ceremony was held Friday, November 11, 2022 in the National Veterans Resource Center. A day dedicated to honor the ones who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Gary Ginsburg, a former Syracuse University student, was present at the ceremony. A graduate of Newhouse studying liberal arts, Gary made the decision to enlist into the military a year or so after his graduation. He served for over thirty years. He said one key attribute that allowed him to succeed in the military and at Syracuse was his ability to listen.
“I always listen and learn,” Ginsburg said. “The seven Army core values helped me stay focused and hopefully go in the right direction even as a civilian. Loyalty, honor, duty, selfless service, personal courage, loyalty and respect, I try to live by that even as a civilian.”
Deputy Director of Syracuse University’s Office of Veteran & Military Affairs, Dwayne Murray said his journey as an undergraduate at Syracuse to serving twenty five years in the military and then coming back to Syracuse as a veteran is surreal. However, if there is one value that he tries to live by each day, it is courage.
“If I had to pick one, courage, personal courage,” Murray said. “Now the challenge for me is what does that look like as a civilian?”
As each branch of the U.S military was honored at the ceremony by the playing of the specific medley, veterans stood in honor of their service, applause echoing throughout.