Veterans Resource Center honors those who have served the country

Flags were waved at a Veterans Day Ceremony on Thursday Nov. 8 to honor those who have served our country.

Many attended the free event and listened to veterans speak about their experiences while serving and what Veterans Day means to them. There was also a musical performance.

Ron Coley, retired Lieut. Col. from the Marine Corps and the spouse of University President Soraya M. Coley, said, “I spent 20 years in the military and I am so impressed from the energy here on campus to celebrate the Veterans.”

(Nicole Goss | The Poly Post)

Keynote speaker Brenda Boorda, a U.S. Navy Veteran and the Vice President of Mission Assurance for Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems, talked about the importance of Veteran’s Day in her family.

“I have been on active duty, a dependent of someone in the military and a mother to ones who serve,” Boorda said. “I have to stop and think about the ones who are not here with me anymore, so it is really a sensitive and important day to me.”

The Veteran Resource Center Staff Council also collected signed holiday cards for troops serving overseas.

Alice Keeney, a 9-year veteran and Cal Poly Pomona alumna (insert her year and major), mentioned how much the center has helped her.

“I credit the majority of my success to Cal Poly Pomona,” she said. “The Veterans Resource Center served as my home away from home,” Keeney said, “From the five years I was at CPP I have watched the Veterans Resource Center grow into what it is today.”

Cal Poly Pomona Veterans Club had a drawing during the event the where people had a chance to win a tactical backpack filled with items valued at a $125.

The CPP Wind Ensemble played the songs of all the military branches to pay tribute to those who served.

Those who had special connections to a song would rise as the song was played.

Keeny said The Veteran Resource Center provides student veterans a sense of belonging and helps student veterans use what they have learned during their time in the military and apply it to a career path.

“Cal Poly Pomona’s Veteran Resource Center is the model center to all of the CSU campuses,” Keeney said.

For more information on upcoming events at the Veterans Resource Center or its services, visit or call (909) 869-6994.

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