Central New York says 'thank you' to veterans

<font size="2">Veterans Day ceremony, Syracuse</font>

Veterans across Central New York were honored today at several ceremonies recognizing veterans for their service to their country. Veterans from as far back as World War Two turned out for the Veterans Day ceremony at the Onondaga County War Memorial. County Executive Joanie Mahoney, Congressman Dan Maffei and Col. Greg Semmel, commander of the 174th Attack Wing were among the keynote speakers.

Also speaking at the ceremony, was Dwayne Williams who is one of only three remaining World War Two vets from the Onondaga Nation. Williams says he served in the navy and fought in the pacific during the war. "Most of us volunteered. We weren't drafted, we volunteered, after all this is our country," he says. A number of Korean War veterans were also recognized at today's ceremony. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice.

Service members killed since September 11th were honored on the Syracuse University campus. ROTC cadets, veterans and Syracuse University community members took turns reading the names of the 6,700 servicemen and women killed in the line of duty.It took six nearly six hours to read all the names. The event is part of the National Remembrance Day roll call taking part on colleges across the country. In addition to Syracuse, Lemoyne College also had a ceremony.

Onondaga Community College honored its student veterans with tribute ceremony today. The event featured speakers from the college's veteran affairs program, the local VFW and the Wounded Warrior Project. OCC, which was recently voted a "military friendly school," currently has more than 300 hundred student veterans on campus.