VETERANS DAY 2013
6:40 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Central New York Remembers and Honors its Veterans

Carol Anne Wood recites one of her granddaughter’s favorite poems.
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Veterans and their families gathered at the War Memorial Tuesday for a celebration and honoring of their service. Carol Anne Wood is the grandmother of a woman currently serving in the U-S Army.  She would write poems for her granddaughter and the platoon, and quickly became known as the platoon grandmother.

Carol Anne Wood explains how she came to write "My Wish" for her granddaughter serving in Korea. She also recites her poem.

Unfortunately not all service members are able to return to their families and communities. A special table was set up to honor those Missing in Action or who are Prisoners of War.      

The Table of One
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Suzann Hensley describes what the table of one symbolizes, and tells the story of one POW who returned home.

Other ceremonies and tributes were held at Syracuse University and Onondaga Community College.  OCC Student Hasani Zulu is also a Purple Heart Veteran who returned last year from a tour in Afghanistan.

OCC Student and Army Veteran Hasani Zulu tells WAER's Scott Willis about the challenges transitioning from military to civilian life.

Zulu is pursuing a fire protection and EMT degree.  He says he knows firsthand how important first aid is on the battlefield, and wants to use his leadership and treatment skills in the civilian community.