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ITHACA, N.Y. – Dr. Joseph Burke, executive director for Campus & Community Engagement, and David Outlaw ’17, president of the Cornell Undergraduate Veterans Association, announced today that Cornell University will light its iconic McGraw Tower green on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, and annually thereafter.

Cornell is making the move to recognize and honor the service of current veteran students, alumni and faculty who have served honorably in the military.

The “Greenlight A Vet” campaign asks Americans to change one light in a visible location in their homes or offices to green to show support for veterans. No light at Cornell is more visible on campus and throughout the community than the 173-foot-tall, 125-year-old McGraw Tower – which hosts three raised windows and an illuminated clock face atop each of the tower’s four sides.

“Cornell will light McGraw Tower green, so even if we can’t always see our veterans, they can always see our support,” Outlaw said. “’Greenlight A Vet’ aims to build a bridge for veterans and civilians to connect and start a conversation.”

“While we engage in this important conversation,” Burke added, “the Division of Student and Campus Life is committed to creating a diverse committee of students and administrators to draft a new McGraw Tower lighting policy that uses our important campus symbol as a beacon to raise awareness of important student populations, while also maintaining the respect and integrity of our most iconic building.”

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