Daemen College Veterans Day Breakfast to Honor Nation’s Veterans
Special Assistant to the President
Colonel Walter Gordon, Director of Daemen Colleges Center for Veterans and Veterans Family Services, announced today that the Center will host a breakfast on Veterans Day to honor the Nations veterans. The breakfast will begin at 8:00 A.M. on Monday, November 11th in the Alumni Lounge of the Wick Campus Center on the Daemen College campus in Amherst. The public is invited and the breakfast is free of charge.
Colonel Gordon, who also serves as the Acting Commander of the 914th Airlift Wing in Niagara Falls, paid tribute to veterans, stating: This annual event at Daemen provides a time to reflect on the sacrifices that our veterans have made for our country and the contribution that our veteran students will make, again, to our Nation in the future. There is no prouder moment for me than this day, this moment to thank our veterans for their service.
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, said Daemen College President, Gary A. Olson. Our veteran students make Daemen a better place and they symbolize the tremendous contribution that veterans have made to our Nation. This is a special day of celebration at Daemen.
Dr. Olson will read a letter of support that the College received from U.S. Senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, that pays tribute to our Nations veterans.
In addition to Dr. Olson and Colonel Gordon, Daemen student and veteran, Robert Baker will address the breakfast participants. Robert is a former Green Beret having served over six years in the U.S. Army, serving three of those years on a Special Forces ODA (A-team), and received a bronze star for his service in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Robert received his Bachelors Degree from Louisiana State University and is enrolled in the Physician Assistant Program at Daemen College.
The College has invited all veterans in the area to participate in the breakfast and invitations have also gone out to Members of the State of New York delegation whom represent the College in Albany, and to Members of Daemens U.S. Congressional delegation.
To-date, U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins and State Assemblyman Ray Walter have accepted invitations to attend and are expected to make brief remarks.