St. John’s University honored the brave veterans from all
military branches on the 94th Veterans Day on Monday,
November 11, 2013 with ceremonies on the Queens and Staten Island
campuses. Organized by the Office of Community Relations, this
annual recognition of all those who have valiantly served our
country has become a well attended event by local veterans,
students and student veterans, as well as faculty, staff and
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day long observance began early in the morning on the Staten Island
Campus with a wreath laying ceremony on the Great Lawn honoring all
the Staten Island Veterans who have served in the military. The
ceremony was presided over by Joseph Sciame, Vice President for
Community Relations, a veteran himself, and included remarks by
Assistant Vice President and Executive Director of the SI Campus,
Gerard McEnerney, also a veteran. Lee Covino, on behalf of
the SI Borough President, The Hon. James Molinaro, presented St.
John’s University with a special proclamation.
The Staten Island
ceremony was highlighted by remarks from CPT Eduardo Zerwes,
Brigade Operations Officer (US Army Reserve) who said: “American
Service Members and their families, from combat veterans to
recruits stand ready across the world so that freedom may continue
to endure and prosper on our ‘shining city on the hill’. I ask you
to remember them, their wives and children, and remember the fallen
in your thoughts or prayers.”
At Noon on the
Queens Campus, nearly 250 people, including veterans and their
families, Cadets from the Red Storm ROTC Battalion, students and
administrators gathered in front of St. Augustine Hall for a
ceremony that included American songs and the singing of the
National Anthem by the University’s Mixed Chorus. The ceremony
began with a welcome and remarks by Mr. Sciame, which was then
followed by a profound invocation by Fr. Gerard Luttenberger, C.M.,
Executive Vice President for Mission at the University. After being
led in the Pledge of Allegiance by Student Government Vice
President, Mark Benevides, Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Pishock,
Commanding Officer of the Red Storm ROTC Battalion joined Mr.
Sciame in placing a memorial wreath by the flagpole.
Following a newly established tradition, the Red Storm ROTC
Battalion presented this year’s honoree, Associate Professor and
Vietnam Veteran, Mark Prendergast, with a folded American flag in
honor of his duty to his country.
Reflecting on the
day’s events, Sciame closed the ceremony by stating:
“People around the country paused today to remember those who
fought, and especially those who died, and St. John’s is believed
to be one of the only universities in the country to hold a
Veteran’s Day event like this – and we are proud to assemble those
veterans from the New York area to participate in this fitting
The day’s ceremony concluded with a live playing of
“Taps.” A luncheon followed for all veterans and their
spouses, assembled with the student veterans of the University.
information about the University Veterans Day observances, contact
Paul Lazauskas, Associate Director of Community Relations, at St.
John’s University by calling (718) 990-1912 or e-mail inquiries to
representatives may contact Elizabeth Reilly, Director for Media
Relations at St. John’s University by calling (718) 990- 5789 or
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