"Ninety-nine and a half percent of Americans never see that," he said. "They should at least pause and reflect and remember and pray for those who are defending them and protecting their way of life."

Arbutus native George Sigler, 26, twice served in Iraq as part of the Marine Corps and planned to honor the day at the University of Maryland where he is a student on the College Park campus.

On Nov. 3, the university recognized its veterans, including Sigler, on the football field during halftime of the Maryland versus Georgia Tech game.

The university also held a reception in the veterans lounge inside Cole Field House.


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Sigler echoed Strumsky's sentiments about Veterans Day.

"A lot of people just take it as a day off work," said Sigler, who is studying criminal justice. "There's a disconnect between the civilian and military population."

While in Iraq, Sigler quickly moved through the ranks to become a logistics officer, managing billions of dollars of equipment.

No longer on active duty, he said he misses the camaraderie he found in the Marines.

This Veterans Day, Sigler said he hopes Americans will take time to remember the commitment and sacrifices made by vets in all branches of the military.

"The military is a continuous thing," he said. "People need to keep it in their minds."

The Community College of Baltimore County Catonsville will open a new Veterans Service Center Nov. 8, giving veterans a place on the South Rolling Road campus to connect with their peers and explore college and community resources.

The center will also be a base for the college's new Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership (VITAL) program, which offers mental health services to student veterans and special educational workshops to faculty and staff through a partnership with the Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System.

To celebrate the opening, the college will host an opening ceremony and reception tomorrow from 3 to 5 p.m.

For information or to attend, call 443-840-4307.