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Cal State LA remembers the sacrifice of veterans

November 14, 2016

Cal State LA honored the men and women who have served and are serving our nation during a moving Veterans Day Ceremony.

Members of the Marine Corps presented the colors, and two armored Humvees were on display during the Monday afternoon event on the plaza of the University-Student Union. Representatives from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs were on hand to enroll veterans in the VA healthcare system.

The November 14 ceremony featured addresses by President William A. Covino and retired Air Force Colonel Lisa Firmin, who is the associate provost for veteran and military affairs at the University of Texas, San Antonio.

The president was introduced by veteran and Cal State LA student Edward Tellez. He served in the Army for 20 years and had three combat deployments, earning three Bronze Star Medals and the Combat Infantry Badge.

“This nation owes a debt of gratitude to veterans. Because they answered the call to serve, our nation enjoys freedoms that define us as Americans,” Covino told the crowd assembled on the sun-splashed plaza.

The president noted that veterans contribute greatly to the vibrant student life and vital intellectual discourse at Cal State LA. This semester, there are 440 student veterans studying at Cal State LA and another nearly 300 students who are connected to the military.

Firmin spoke about the rich diversity of our nation’s military ranks and emphasized that veterans understand the meaning of sacrifice. “It’s ingrained in our constitution,” she said.

The director of the Veterans Resource Center, Dani Molina, reminded the crowd of the importance of Monday’s gathering. “We must always honor our military veterans and the sacrifices they have made.”


Photo: Members of the Marine Corps presenting the colors during today's Veterans Day Ceremony at Cal State LA. (Credit: J. Emilio Flores/Cal State LA)

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