Saturday, November 5 at Turning Stone Resort Casino

As First Allies of the United States during the Revolutionary War, the Oneida Indian Nation continues its legacy of supporting the United States by honoring the distinguished men and women of the military. In celebration of Veterans Day, the Oneida Nation will host its 16th annual Veterans Recognition Ceremony, honoring military veterans and those currently serving from across Central New York.  More than 400 local veterans will be in attendance for the event’s keynote address by Colonel Bryan J. Laske, Garrison Commander, United States Army Garrison Fort Drum.

Colonel Laske enlisted in the Army in 1991 and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers through Officer Candidate School, Fort Benning, GA in September 1993. Laske previously served as a U.S. Army Fellow at the U.S. Department of State, and he commanded 1st Special Troops Battalion, 101st Airborne Division (AA), at Fort Campbell, Ky.  Among his assignments, he served as staff officer at the Pentagon in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and was a transition team commander in Afghanistan, where he advised the Afghan National Army in preparation for the NATO forces drawdown in 2014.

To view Colonel Laske’s bio, click here.

During Saturday’s event, the Oneida Nation will also present a donation to Feed Our Vets, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing fully-stocked food pantries for veterans in need.

The Oneida Nation’s 16th annual Veterans Recognition Ceremony and breakfast is open to invited guests.
WHEN:            Saturday, November 5, 2016 – Media must arrive by 8:30 a.m.

WHERE:         Turning Stone Resort Casino, Oneida & Mohawk Rooms

MEDIA:            Media must contact Kelly Abdo for press credentials at