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Broome Community College has several students, staff and alumni who have served in the military. Many were on campus on Monday as the college honored both the old and the young who have fought for their country. Our Melissa Kakareka has more.

DICKINSON, N.Y. -- Corporal Ronald Harrington knows what kinds of sacrifices those in the military make for their country. The marine was awarded the Purple Heart in 2009 for injuries he suffered while serving in Iraq.

"Every day is a blessing. I'm here because I was given another chance to live my life and I was given a new life," said Harrington.

Students and staff gathered at Broome Community College on Monday to honor veterans and active duty military members like Harrington. The college hosted a ceremony in front of its veteran's memorial on campus.

"I think its important that we all thank our veterans. It's never possible to thank our veterans enough no matter how we do it," said Kevin Drumm, BCC President.

The ceremony featured a color guard and the national anthem. For many veterans on campus, it was a reminder of just how much the support and respect of the community means to them.

"Days like this, cards that are sent overseas, care packages, that kind of love and support we get from society makes the job that much easier," said First Lt. Adam Ciacelli.

"Sometimes it's easy for the message to get lost. But, every Veterans Day and Memorial Day it shows that people are still listening and do still care," said Harrington.

And for those on campus, it was another chance to say thanks for the sacrifices that those in the military make every single day.

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