What's in a name? When it comes to the more than 6,000 read aloud at SU's Hendricks Chapel Monday, quite a lot. Two dozen members of the campus community took part in a special roll call as part of the campus's Veterans Day ceremony. Our Sarah Blazonis has more on the remembrance.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- It began before sunrise. One by one, the names of the servicemen and women who lost their lives since September 11th, 2001, were read aloud at SU's Hendricks Chapel, all 6,633 of them.
Maj. Paul White says for the ROTC cadets that began the event, it's a chance to pay tribute to those who came before them.
"It allows them a glimpse into what they're joining, the tradition, the lineage that will be there for them," said Maj. White.
Others, like student Dylan Lustig, say the experience held personal significance.
"My great uncle and my grandfather were both in World War II. My grandfather actually came here to SU on the GI Bill. So when I'm reading the names, I'm thinking of people like him who've passed away since," said Lustig.
Veterans like Lustig's grandfather helped SU's enrollment to triple following the first GI Bill. The school's veterans advisor says while the campus honors veterans of all generations, recent years have brought the impact of their sacrifice home to students.
"It's amazing when you look at those who have been lost since 9/11, 2001...ages from 19 to 42, and it's just amazing to see where those folks are coming from," said Keith Doss, SU Veterans Advisor.
And though the names represent those gone too soon, the tradition of honoring their memories is one participants say will live on.