SVSU honors heroes with early Veterans Day celebration
UNIVERSITY CENTER, Mich. - Veterans Day may be Saturday, but Saginaw Valley State University held an observance Thursday.
The college hosted a Veterans Day celebration for all SVSU students, staff and faculty members.
A retired U-S Army sergeant and SVSU alum Douglas Szczepanski was today's keynote speaker.
The purple heart recipient was severely wounded by a suicide car bomb while on patrol in Baghdad.
After a long recovery period, Szczepanski returned to school and founded his own nonprofit organization, Miracle Soldier Inc.
He now serves as a motivational speaker.
"Veterans Day to me is all about service and sacrifice service to this great country, service to one another as brothers in arms and service means to me willing to put yourself on the line, put on the uniform and got out there and stay months, years away from your family. Put your life on the line in a dangerous situation and possibly sacrifice," said Szczepanski.
The Veterans Day celebration also featured the reading of the winning entry in a recent Veterans Day-themed essay contest as well as a performance by encore, a registered student organization of singers, musicians and dancers.