Both the Auburn and Fulton campuses of Cayuga Community College will observe Veterans Day 2009 early, with remembrance events on Monday, November 9, at 11:00 a.m.
In Auburn, excerpts from videotaped interviews with World War II veterans will be shown in the Student Lounge. The screening is the culmination of a project launched in honor of Veterans Day 2008 by Mary Bulkot, a Cayuga English instructor and member of the college's Veterans Day Committee. During the spring 2009 semester, Bulkot worked with Cayuga history professor Ronald Grube to involve his United States History classes in the Veterans' History Project organized by the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress. This nationwide volunteer effort seeks first-hand accounts of U.S. wartime service from World War I through the current Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. The history students helped area veterans preserve their stories through audio and video interviews, written memoirs, correspondence and visual materials. Working singly and in groups, students gathered veterans' memories dating back World War II. A number of the resulting narratives are now being prepared for submission to the Library of Congress.
The Fulton campus event was organized by history and criminal justice professor John Lamphere. The campus will host a delegation of Oswego County veterans and featured speaker Father Moritz Fuchs, a World War II veteran and retired Catholic priest who lives in Fulton. A fluent German speaker, Fuchs was an American infantryman who became an Army interrogator while serving in Europe. His postwar assignment kept him in Germany from 1945 to 1946 as the bodyguard for Justice Robert Jackson, who was on leave from the Supreme Court at the request of then President Truman to serve as the chief U.S. prosecutor in the Nuremburg war crime trials. Fuchs became a Catholic priest shortly after his honorable discharge from the Army in 1947, and remained in the priesthood until retiring from active ministry in 2001.
Refreshments will be served at both events, and Fulton students will raise funds to support a local veterans' service organization.