Third-year law student Edwin B. Esmenda spoke at an NIU Veteran’s Day ceremony celebrating the courage and self-sacrifice of our service members, past and present. Staff Sergeant Esmenda is a 20-year veteran of the United States Army. He was deployed overseas to Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti in 1994, to Operation Iraqi Freedom in Iraq in 2006, and to Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan in 2010. He is the Post Commander of Sycamore Post 5768 and the Department of Illinois Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Assistant Judge Advocate for 2018-2019. He is also the Judge Advocate of American Legion Sycamore Post 99 for 2018-2019. He is currently a law intern in the Office of General Counsel, Illinois Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) in Chicago, Illinois. Thank you to Staff Sergeant Esmenda and all the brave men and women for your service!