Veterans Day events include talk by National Guard general

A talk by Brig. Gen. Joseph Biehler, “The Role of the Military in Supporting State Crises,” will highlight campus events in observance of Veterans Day, on Nov. 11.

Biehler will speak on the military’s role in supporting the government’s response to natural disasters and to the pandemic. The talk will be held in auditorium 230 of Anabel Taylor Hall, and also will be livestreamed.

The day’s program will begin at 9:15 a.m. with a Cornell Chimes concert, followed at 9:30 by a guided walking tour of Cornell’s veterans memorials.

Debra Howell, chair of the Cornell Veterans Colleague Network, will introduce Biehler at 11 a.m.; the Cornell Chimes will ring 21 times at 11:11 to honor the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Biehler’s talk will begin at approximately 11:15.

A Rochester native and 1987 graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, Biehler currently serves as commanding general of the New York Army National Guard 53rd Troop Command.

Previously, he served as the deputy commander for operations for the U.S. Army National Guard 42nd Infantry Division. And as a member of the U.S. Army’s 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry, he was deployed to Iraq in 2004 and Afghanistan in 2012.

In honor of Veterans Day, McGraw Tower will be lit green through the weekend.

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