Columbia University students and veterans honored the service of U.S. military veterans at an on-campus color guard ceremony and at the New York City Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11, 2010. The color guard ceremony, conducted by Columbia’s ROTC members, was the first on-campus flag raising ceremony in more than 40 years, while this was the second year that Columbia students and veterans participated in the New York City Veterans Day Parade through a sponsorship by the School of General Studies.
GS student Elliot Shackelford, who attended the color guard ceremony and rode on the Veterans Day Parade float, felt very compelled to honor the service of his classmates and of all U.S. military veterans.
“It’s important to me to participate in Veterans Day activities to demonstrate the respect that I have for, and the value that I place in, the sacrifice, efforts and energy given by many of my classmates during their military service. And more broadly, it's a privilege to express my appreciation to the wider population of veterans and those currently in the military for protecting the freedom that makes so many opportunities, including the chance to study at Columbia, possible,” Shackelford said.
For more details and photos capturing the Veterans Day activities, visit the Columbia Spectator website:
For more information about GS veterans or GS's participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program, please visit http://www.gs.columbia.edu/veterans.