AKWESASNE, N.Y. – The U.S. military veterans of Akwesasne will be honored at a ceremony on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11 at the Mohawk School located on Church Street in the Akwesasne Territory.
This is part of a special program originally developed when former New York State Gov. George Pataki signed legislation granting high school diplomas to all students who left school prior to graduation to serve in the military during World War II.
The program has since been expanded to include vets from the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. Those many veterans whose education was interrupted by military service will be awarded high school diplomas in recognition of their service to their country and the sacrifices they made, both in terms of their time in the service and disruption of their lives.
American Indians have the highest proportion of military service when compared with any other group in the U.S.
The event will take place at the Mohawk School at 3 p.m.; refreshments will be served. About 40 veterans are expected to attend, along with their family members.