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Honoring Our Veterans

From the President's Desk

To: The Rensselaer Community
Re: Honoring Our Veterans

Today we honor the men and women who have served, and are serving, in the United States Armed Forces. Our nation’s service members come from all walks of life, yet they share several fundamental qualities. They possess courage, integrity, determination, selflessness, dedication to duty, and pride — all qualities needed to serve a cause larger than oneself. We owe each of these patriots a debt of gratitude for their service, sacrifices, and enduring contributions to our country. 

Rensselaer has a strong history of collaboration with, and in support of, the United States military. We have thousands of members in our military community, which includes active-duty students, student veterans, military family members, faculty veterans, staff veterans, and alumni veterans. Our campus hosts Reserve Officers’ Training Corps units for the Army, Navy, and Air Force. In fact, we have been educating Naval flag officers, particularly in the Civil Engineer Corps, since the 1860s, and, with the exception of the United States Naval Academy, we have trained more United States Naval flag officers than any other school in the nation. 

Several weeks ago, Assistant Director of Student Activities Ben Yung began a program of reaching out to staff, faculty, and students who have served in the United States military. In the video created surrounding these conversations, we learn more about what military service has meant to those who are profiled. Their presence on our campus enriches our community in a multitude of ways, and I am grateful for all they do to serve as role models for our Rensselaer community. 

We are blessed as a nation to have the freedoms each of us enjoys. Veterans Day pays tribute to those who have given their all for our freedom. We extend our upmost gratitude and appreciation for their willingness to be of service. 

Today, and every day, we value the character and sacrifices of all veterans and honor these heroes.