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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — RIT hosted its annual Veteran’s Day breakfast on Friday, centering around the theme of “we are safe and secure because of you.”
The breakfast was held at the Gordon Field House and Activities Center and featured hot breakfast meals, military vehicles on display, and information and resources for veteran services.
The Pittsford Volunteer Fire Department Band also performed each military branch’s anthem at the beginning of the event.
RIT organizers said that Chad Van Gorder, the college’s director of the Office of Veteran Student Success, will be the keynote speaker at the breakfast, adding that he served in the Army for 21 years.
“It’s a breakfast, it’s a start of a really important day. So we get to start out and think about everybody’s service,” said Chad Van Gorder. “We think about some of the good — we think about some of the difficult things but it’s really a great way to start and reflect. And then spend an awesome day just thanking veterans for their service and really recognizing all the great things that they and their families have sacrificed for us.”