Veterans Day represents an opportunity for all Americans to recognize and honor the service and sacrifice of the many generations of military veterans who have worn the cloth of our great nation. Specifically, at countless parades, ceremonies, and sporting events, Americans from all walks of life will be asked to acknowledge and reflect on the service of our nation’s veterans and their families.
At Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), we are proud, honored, and humbled by the fact that we have the opportunity to work in a place where every day is Veterans Day. For that gift, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our nation’s veterans – and to those who make the work of the IVMF possible –for the privilege of serving those who have served.
Core to our work is the belief that our nation’s service members, veterans, and their families represent a treasured national resource. That said, for our veterans to fully realize their potential – as individuals and citizens – they cannot remain anonymous while among us.
Let this be a challenge to all to recognize, support, and get to know veterans in your classrooms, places of work, and in your neighborhoods. Such an approach to valuing and embracing our nation’s veterans is why Syracuse University and the IVMF were so honored to be invited by Walmart to join them in their national Greenlight a Vet campaign.
Participating in a national movement, designed to recognize those who have worn our nation’s uniform as valued, contributing members of our communities, is our way of encouraging all Americans to meaningfully engage with veterans and their families and by so doing, appreciate them as respected civic assets.
We hope you will join Syracuse University, the Office for Veteran and Military Affairs, and the IVMF today in sharing the message that the contributions and involvement of veterans and their families in our communities are vital to the nation’s success and prosperity. But more importantly we should do this every day … not just on Veterans Day.