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Early Veterans Day Ceremony at East Stroudsburg University

EAST STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - An early veterans day ceremony was held Thursday afternoon at East Stroudsburg University. It was organized to honor all veterans, including ESU students, faculty, and alumni who served during World War One.

It began by singing The National Anthem, followed by a speech from a retired Lieutenant Colonel who graduated from ESU in 1976.

"I think it's incredibly important. I think a lot of the students take our freedoms for granted," says Brad Seid, professor.

This is ESU's 10th annual Veterans Day Celebration for students, staff, and the public.

"We do as many ceremonies as we're physically able to do. It's our responsibility and our honor," says D.B. Bennett, Honor Guard Chaplain.

The ceremony continued outside to this statue nicknamed 'Julia'. She bears the names of 209 ESU students, faculty, and alumni who served in World War One. Six died during service.

Seid adds, "she represents the university, and how the university prepares us really for all kinds of service."

This was a solemn ceremony for many, including ESU freshman and Army Veteran Joseph Strasser.

He explains, "the taps was emotional because it's been played before for me, for my father, because he also served and passed away not that long ago."

'Julia' will celebrate her 100th birthday next year. She was brought to campus in 1919, one year after World War One ended. Her dedication included an elaborate ceremony for its time.


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