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Saint Leo University is Hosting “Living Legend: Reflections from a 101-year-old Veteran,” Welcoming World War II Buffalo Soldier

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St. Leo, FL The public is invited to discover “living history” during Saint Leo University’s upcoming Research Symposium featuring legendary 101-year-old U.S. Army veteran Roy Caldwood on Thursday, October 26.

Guest speaker Caldwood will share his journey of resilience and valor during World War II and later as a corrections officer at Rikers Island. The event will take place at 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 26, at the Student Community Center, Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms, 33701 County Road 52, St. Leo, FL 33574. Those who cannot attend in person may attend via Zoom at www.saintleo.edu/caldwood. RSVPs are required to attend via Zoom, and participants are asked to email [email protected].

The Department of Social Sciences, the College of Arts, Sciences, and Allied Services, the Office of Military Affairs and Services, the Caribbean Students’ Association, and the Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society are all supporting this event.

Caldwood served in Italy during World War II as part of the renowned Buffalo Soldiers, the 92nd Infantry Division of the U.S. Army, named after the 19th-century African American cavalrymen. He holds the esteemed title of being the last known Buffalo Soldier in the state of Florida, recognized by the National Buffalo Soldier organization.

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As a U.S. Army Bronze Star recipient and the author of the memoir Making the Right Moves: Rikers Island and NYC Corrections, his story resonates with courage and resilience, stated the organizers of the event. Earlier this year, Tampa Mayor Jane Castor proclaimed April 5, 2023, as Roy Caldwood Day. He also received the New York City Department of Corrections Medal of Honor.

Signed copies of Making the Right Moves: Rikers Island and NYC Corrections will be available for sale at the event at Saint Leo University.

Requests for accommodations can be made by emailing [email protected]. For more information, visit saintleo.edu/accommodations.

For more information, contact Dr. Janis Prince, chair of the Department of Social Sciences, at (352-588-7254) or [email protected].

Funding for this symposium was made possible in part by a Sociological Research Grant from Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society. The views expressed in written symposium materials and by speakers and presenters do not necessarily reflect the official opinions of Alpha Kappa Delta; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by Alpha Kappa Delta.

About Saint Leo University
Saint Leo University is a Catholic Benedictine university dedicated to helping learners of all backgrounds and ages gain the competence and courage to be more. Offering 57 degree programs to more than 14,190 students each year, the nonprofit university is known for providing a values-based education in the liberal arts tradition and a community of belonging for those who seek a greater purpose in life. Saint Leo is regionally accredited and offers a campus in the Tampa Bay area of Florida, regional education centers, and multiple online programs. The university is home to more than 104,000 alumni. Learn more at saintleo.edu.

Media Contact: Mary McCoy, Senior Editor & Media Relations Manager, [email protected], (352) 588-7118 or cell (813) 610-8416

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