Lynn honors veterans with recognition ceremony and barbecue

Lynn hosts 2017 Veterans Day ceremony in Perper Plaza.

The Lynn University community came together Friday, Nov. 10, to celebrate Veterans Day with a ceremony and the annual Red, White and Blue Barbecue. 

President Kevin M. Ross led a ceremony in Perper Plaza to honor Lynn students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and friends who have served in the United States military.

"Today we thank all those who made a commitment to courageously serve and protect our country at home and abroad, in times of war and in times of peace," said Ross. "We also remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice, for without them, we would not be able to enjoy all of the freedoms of our great democracy."

Alberto Gomez and Christopher Patrick
Alberto Gomez and Christopher Patrick served on the same ship at the same time while in the Marines, but first met at Lynn.

United States Marine Corps Inactive Ready Reserve Sergeant Alberto Gomez and United States Marine Corps Inactive Reserve Sergeant Christopher Patrick were among 20 veterans recognized by name. The two learned this week at a West Palm Beach veterans event that they served on the same ship at the same, but only met for the first time as students at Lynn. 

The university estimates that it has over 100 employees, students, alumni and parents who have served or are currently serving in the United States military.

"If you are a veteran here today, and I did not personally recognize you, please know that the entire Lynn community is extremely grateful for your service to our country," added Ross. "Thank you to all of the Lynn family members who have bravely served and continue to serve our country." 

Lynn is committed to supporting veterans through the G.I. Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program. 

"Earning and using the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill has helped my future and educational opportunities significantly," said senior James Bond. "Graduating without college debt and having extra spending money will help my ability to save for a better future. The Yellow Ribbon Program at Lynn University has also given me the opportunity to go to a great private school with many connections at no extra cost."

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