Suffolk County Community College President Dr. Shaun McKay, joined by College Director of Veterans Affairs Shannon O’Neill ’00, student veterans, veterans, students, faculty and staff will dedicate a portion of the college’s Eastern Campus as a Veterans Plaza in memory of all who served and as a tribute to veterans past and present.
Suffolk County Community College student and Air National Guard Sgt. Louis Bonacasa, 31, killed in a December 2015 Afghanistan terrorist attack will also be honored. Bonacasa’s widow, Deborah, will speak at the event.
The ceremony, plaza dedication and plaque unveiling will take place rain or shine at Suffolk County Community College’s Eastern Campus, 121 Speonk-Riverhead Rd, Riverhead, NY on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 11 a.m.
“Suffolk County Community College has a long history of assisting veterans not only in maximizing their benefits, but also in supporting a successful transition to college life and achieving their educational and personal goals,” McKay said and added that an additional Veterans Plaza will be dedicated on the Michael J. Grant Campus in 2018, completing veteran tributes on all three of the college’s campuses.
Suffolk County is home to the most veterans in New York State, more than 75,000. Suffolk County Community College has approximately 700 military-connected veterans enrolled.
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