SUNY Broome salutes veterans

By Erika Mahoney

November 11, 2013 Updated Nov 11, 2013 at 10:07 PM EDT

Town of Dickinson, N.Y. (WBNG Binghamton) Veterans and students stood side by side at SUNY Broome Monday morning to salute those who have fought or are fighting in the military.

The ceremony started with a 21-gun salute that rang through campus.

A student sang the national anthem as everyone in the crowd paused for a moment of silence.

A retired Marine, who marched in the color guard, said he took that moment of silence to think about the young soldiers who are overseas.

"A lot of times people say that we are war mongers," veteran Dave Houghtalen said. "You can ask any veteran, nobody loves the war, and I'm just worried about our young men and women that are serving now."

Congressman Richard Hanna shared a few words along with SUNY Broome's president.

"There are 58,000 veterans in the 22nd Congressional District, and many of them in Broome County," said Hanna (R-22). "Of course, it's a responsibility people have to take time out and thank veterans."

The ceremony was held at the school's veterans memorial in the middle of campus.