Upstate Veterans March in the CNY Veterans Day Parade

Team Upstate salutes veterans.

For the third year, Upstate employees and families marched in the Central New York Veterans Day Parade. Held on Sat., Nov. 10 at the NYS Fairgrounds, the parade showcased more than 90 groups, including close to 40 people representing Team Upstate. Marchers waved flags and carried a large banner  that read “Saluting CNY Veterans.”  A truck — decorated in red, white and blue and bearing the Upstate logo  — followed the marchers, some of whom had also attended the Friday ceremony at Upstate’s Setnor Hall.

President Smith remembers medical students who served in the military.

During that ceremony, Upstate President David Smith MD recognized the contributions of all service men and women, including the 185 medical school alumni who died fighting in World War I.

Today, 262 Upstate employees are veterans, reservists and guards.

Click on the video to “meet” 12 veterans who work at Upstate and marched in the parade. They are:

Dana Lonis, nursing, PSS-ICU

Le’Nard Chisholm, payroll

Mike Sheldon, pulmonary function laboratory

Christopher Sanders, clinical neurophysiology

Elton Garvin, radiation therapy program, College of Health Professions

William Pelley, kidney transplant program

Melissa Mulvey, nursing, ambulatory procedures

Joseph Dixie,  pharmacology

Ted Spadotto, physical plant

Willie White, central equipment 

Peter Banks, nursing, recovery room

Edgar Johnson, diversity and inclusion, Human Resources


About susankeeter

Occasional contributor Upstate’s Susan Keeter has written about and painted Upstate’s Dr. Sarah Loguen, one of the first African American women physicians. Keeter created the horse sculpture in front of the Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital and illustrated a children’s book on autism, “Waiting for Benjamin.” She’s written for Physician Practice, Upstate Alumni Journal, Cancer Care and Upstate Health magazines. Reach her by email at or by phone at 315-464-4834.
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