St. John’s University honors Queens veterans

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St. John’s University honored Queens veterans at a ceremony held at St. Augustine Hall on November 11.THE COURIER/Photos by Nargas Karimi
St. John’s University honored Queens veterans at a ceremony held at St. Augustine Hall on November 11.

They gathered to pay tribute to those who served.

            On Friday, November 11, 150 Queens Veterans attended the annual St. John’s University (SJU) Veteran’s Day Ceremony at St. Augustine Hall.

            “The last 10 years, in an effort to bring more awareness to our students that it’s Veteran’s Day, we started with inviting various units in Queens, such as the American Legion, the American Vets, Jewish War Vets and Catholic War Vets, and we built a list of about 300 people,” said SJU Vice President for Community Relations Joseph Sciame.

            “I’ve been deployed to Iraq three times and was there for a total of 32 months. I just got back home in June,” said veteran Jonathan Blake, who’s also in the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program.