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National Roll Call
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
By Lexi Palma '13
Siena College was one of 178 colleges and universities from all 50 states and the District of Columbia that celebrated Veterans Day by participating in The Remembrance Day National Roll Call. The National Roll Call was a coordinated reading of the names of the more than 6,300 casualties of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, now called Operation New Dawn.
“As this year marks the 10th anniversary of the tragic events that took place on 9/11, Veterans Day serves as a reminder of all of the U.S. service members who have lost their lives in Post 9/11 Combat,” said Associate Director of Campus Programs & Student Activities Jen Fraley. “Following the 10th anniversary of the September 11th tragedy, Siena College has pledged its support of this nationwide effort to honor American service men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.”
Volunteers throughout the community, including Siena alumnus Congressman Chris Gibson ’86, read names of soldiers who sacrificed their lives for our country. The event started at 9 a.m. with a blessing from Siena College President Fr. Kevin Mullen ’75, O.F.M., Ph.D. and ended more than eight hours later with a closing prayer by Siena College Chaplain Fr. Greg Jakubowicz, O.F.M.
A highlight of the day was a nationwide moment of silence which was observed by all of the participating schools. Many members of the community, including Siena students took a few moments out of their day to come to the event and reflect.
National Roll Call Coordinator Lt. Col. (Ret) Brett Morris said, “We wanted to rally campus communities across the nation to send a powerful message to the troops currently serving that their peers have not forgotten their sacrifices, or those of the fallen. The reading of individual names is very poignant because it emphasizes the significance of each and every life lost.”
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