Bipartisan Group of Political Leaders Honor Nation’s Veterans at Daemen College
Special Assistant to the President
Five political leaders, from both political parties, gathered at the Wick Campus Center at Daemen College today to honor our Nations veterans.
U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins (D-NY); State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer , State Senator Mark Grisanti ; Assemblyman Ray Walter ; and Erie County Clerk Christopher Jacobs (D) paid tribute to the Nations veterans and active duty military, in front of a packed room of Daemen College veteran students; veterans from World War II, the Viet Nam War, and from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
It is an honor to have had these outstanding leaders on our campus to honor not only our Daemen College veterans, but all veterans who have served and sacrificed for all of us, said Dr. Gary Olson, President of Daemen College. They demonstrated that there are no party labels when it comes to honoring our veterans and our soldiers. We are one when it comes to paying tribute to those who defend our freedoms.
Former Green Beret, Bronze Star recipient, and Daemen Physician Assistant student, Robert Baker, spoke passionately about how his experience in the Army and positive experience at Daemen have helped him achieve his dream of taking care of people, through medicine.
Acting Commander of the 914th Airlift Wing in Niagara Falls and Director of Daemens Center for Veterans and Veterans Family Services, Colonel Walter Gordon spoke about World War I and urged the packed room not to forget those who fought in The Great War a Century ago. Gordon noted with sadness, the recent suicide of a young active duty warrior in the 914th Airlift Wing as evidence that the war goes on, and the personal sacrifice continues for many of our active duty soldiers and veterans.
After the Veterans Day Breakfast at Daemen, President Olson concluded the tribute by saying: Veterans Day is an opportunity for the entire Daemen Community to pay tribute to our outstanding veteran students and to all veterans who have served our country with such honor. Our veteran students make Daemen a better place; our Nations veterans make our country a better, safer place for all of us. This is a special day of celebration at Daemen.