MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - A ceremony recognizing veterans and their achievements was held at Northern Michigan University on Thursday afternoon, just ahead of Veterans Day which is on November 11.
NMU student and Michigan Army National Guard Sgt. Cody Mayer was presented with the NMU Student Veteran of the Year award at the ceremony. Mayer has served five years in the National Guard and continues to serve on the NMU campus as the NMU Student Government (ASNMU) president and on various university and Marquette boards.
Mayer also received an NMU President's Challenge Coin, as well as a coin from the Michigan Veteran’s Affairs Agency (MVAA).
Vietnam-era veterans from the community were also honored during the ceremony, receiving pins from the MVAA.
Mayer said he is humbled by his awards, and NMU Student Veteran Services Coordinator, Michael Rutledge, said the ceremony is meant to honor all veterans of the past and present.
"I didn't know how to express it, really, other than the fact that I was just excited. But I am immensely grateful to receive this kind of honor and it is humbling. It really is,” Mayer said.
"It's very important and I think we should remember every man and woman who has served, whether it be today at this ceremony or on Monday the eleventh,” Rutledge said.