BCC Honors America's Veterans

By Matt Porter

November 12, 2012 Updated Nov 12, 2012 at 7:24 PM EDT

Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Hundreds gathered at Broome Community College to honor veterans and current service members.

Students, faculty, and guests including a number of former service men and women gathered at the Veteran's Memorial on the BCC campus.

Veterans said the opportunity to remember the sacrifices of America's men and women is important at all times.

"We've been at war for over 10 years now. And sometimes it's easy for the message to get lost," said Iraq veteran Corporal Ronnie Harrington, "But every Veteran's Day and every Memorial Day, it shows that people do still care and people are still watching and listening."

"We're fortunate enough to have a society that has our back," said Afghanistan veteran First Lieutenant Adam Ciacelli, "That understands it's not the soldier's fault that whether or not politically the war is supported or not."

The ceremony included the national anthem and a four gun salute.

BCC President Kevin Drumm was there to welcome and thank veterans personally.

"I think it's more important that we all recognize our veterans as much as we can," said Drumm. "I don't think it's possible to thank our veterans too often, however we do it."

Drumm said BCC has a special status of being one of the most military friendly schools in New York.

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