Veterans Day 2016 ceremonies

flag florhamaAbove: The flag ceremony at FDU's Florham Campus. (Photo by W. Scott Giglio)

By Dan Landau

Fairleigh Dickinson University commemorated Veterans Day 2016 with flag ceremonies at both New Jersey campuses and by marching down Fifth Avenue in America’s Parade, New York City’s annual Veterans Day parade.

In his remarks at the Florham Campus event, FDU President Christopher A. Capuano praised veterans and thanked them for their service.

“Veterans are woven into the fabric of the University,” said Capuano. “They are in our undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate programs. They study on all of our campuses. They are in each of our colleges. And they are not just among our students, but they are in the ranks of our faculty and staff. They are a big part of who we are.”

carol vetsAbove, from left: Student veterans Michael Simmons, Edward Davies, Dan Zanoric, and Army First Lt. Biagio Mezzasalma. (Photo by Carol Black)

At the Metro Campus event, William “Pat” Schuber, assistant professor of adminsitrative science and former Bergen County Executive, delivered the main address.

Each ceremony had a moment of silence in recognition of fallen veterans. Additionally, at the Metropolitan Campus, there was a moment of silence for the recently deceased Ron Calissi, executive associate dean, and director of the School of Administrative Science. Calissi was an avid supporter of veterans at FDU.

Veterans led the audiences in the Pledge of Allegiance and buglers played “Taps” to close out the ceremonies.

vets florAbove from left: Student veterans Kenny Tang, Nick Falato, Roy Lin with Director of Veterans Services for Outreach Martha Papson Garcia, and University President Christopher A. Capuano. (Photo by W. Scott Giglio)

FDU’s history of celebrating and supporting veterans dates back to the 1940s, when the University welcomed the soldiers returning home from fighting in WWII. FDU offers many options for veterans, including an Office of Veterans Services and the Veterans Launching Ventures program.