VIDEO: Stockton University Honors VeteransPosted:
GALLOWAY - Just days after being ranked sixth in the nation among the best colleges and universities for veterans by the Military Times, Stockton University celebrated Veterans Day on its Galloway campus. The ceremony began with the presentation of color followed by Amazing Grace sung by “Stockapella” before the speeches started.
“On this Veteran’s Day let us renew our promise to fulfill our sacred obligation to our veterans and their families by providing the very best educational opportunity to ensure their success," said Tom O'Donnell, Assistant Dean of Students and Veterans Affairs.
The crowd was full of military both past and present. 9th district New Jersey Assemblywoman DiAnne Gove touched on her experiences as a daughter of a Navy vet and a teacher to students who went on to serve the country.
“Millions of people across the globe owe their freedom and their very lives to the courageous efforts of the United State military," said Gove.
And she also honored those who lost their lives fighting for our freedom. The second portion of the program took place at Independence Plaza. Where a student and veteran thanked all the vets present and gave a piece of advice to those in attendance.
“So next time you’re in line somewhere you see someone wearing a Marine Corps, Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, whichever branch of the service," said Nelson Gonzalez, of Student Veteran's Organization. You see them buying a cup of coffee or a bag of chips don’t be scared to put out a few dollars for that veteran and say you know something, thanks a lot.”
The crowd poured into Veterans Park to complete the ceremony and with the laying of the wreath the 2015 Veterans Day Ceremony concluded with a few words from the interim president of the university.
“Each and every day we are proud of our veterans and we recognize their service and commitments to this nation and I want to personally thank each and every one of you for all that you’ve done in the past, for all that you currently do and for all that I know you will continue to do in the future,” said Dr. Harvey Kesselman, Interim President of Stockton University.