Local Community Invited to Ithaca College Veterans Day Celebration

ITHACA, NY — Members of the community are invited to join in honoring our nation’s veterans at Ithaca College’s 10th Annual Veterans Day Celebration on Thursday, Nov. 8. The one-hour program begins at noon in Ford Hall in the Whalen Center.

The ceremony will feature a welcome by Carl Sgrecci, vice president for finance and administration; presentation of the colors by the Ithaca College/Cornell University ROTC Color Guard; and musical performances by the Ithaca College Brass Choir and IC VoICes. Retired U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Roy Barriere will deliver the keynote address.

Barriere volunteered for the Army after graduating from high school and served four years as a veterinary technician at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. After being honorably discharged, he moved to Ithaca and joined the U.S. Army Reserves, where his positions included chaplain’s assistant, supply sergeant, combat engineer and drill instructor. He was promoted to the rank of first sergeant and led a combat engineer training company until his retirement.

Among other decorations, Barriere received the Drill Sergeant Badge, four Army Commendation Medals, three Army Reserve Component Achievement Medals and three Army NCO Development Ribbons. While serving in the Reserves, he was employed at Cornell University as a facility manager at the N.Y.S. College of Veterinary Medicine. He is currently serving as the Town Supervisor for the Town of Enfield and working part time as a Cornell Police Auxiliary member.

The celebration is sponsored by the IC Veterans Day Committee, School of Music and Division of Finance and Administration. For more information, visit www.ithaca.edu/veterans or contact committee cochair Jane Ray at jray@ithaca.edu.

Roy Barriere