Mission and History

The mission of this committee is to publicly display and extend the gratitude, appreciation and thanks to all veterans who have served in the Armed Forces of the United States by making this celebration possible with music, prayer, and the personal stories of our veterans.

In spring 2003, a staff member approached Staff Council about the possibility of veterans at IC having the day off. The request filtered to the Benefits Committee, a sub-committee of Staff Council, and committee members Patricia Phelps (Music) and Angela Rogers (Graduate and Professional Studies) offered to look into the possibility of a college-wide recognition for IC Veterans. With the support of Arthur Ostrander, retired dean of the School of Music, the inaugural Veterans Day Celebration was held. The format of the program has essentially remained the same since 2003. 

The following veterans have shared their personal story with the IC community:

  • Dusty Bredbenner '50, Willard Daetsch (2003)
  • Douglas Armstrong, Timothy Merritt (2004)
  • Emma Schutz, Edward T. Green '42 (2005)
  • David Juers (2006)
  • Rev. James Henery (2007)
  • David J. West (2008)
  • Captain Larry B. Olsen (2009)

At the first celebration in 2003, Charles Tilton, from the Department of Physics and former Captain with the Army Security Agency and the Naval Reserve Security Group, presented Ithaca College with two citation flags and the accompanying documentation of authenticity. One was flown over the United States Capitol Building on August 26, 2003, and the second flag was flown over the USS Arizona in Pearl Harbor on August 14, 2003. These flags and citations are currently on loan to the American Legion on Danby Road for display until the College's new A & E Center is built.