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November 11, 2013

EKU celebrates veterans, honors the fallen

RICHMOND — Monday morning began early for members of Eastern Kentucky University’s Veterans Club, which hosted a special memorial as part of the National Roll Call.

Beginning at 6:30 a.m., volunteers read the names of the more than 6,000 soldiers killed while serving in operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan).

At 1:40 p.m., after reading of names was finished, EKU Vets Club President Mike Bush presided over a 45 minute ceremony that included speeches from military members, an address from University President Michael Benson, a Missing Man ceremony conducted by the local Vietnam Veterans of America chapter, a rifle salute fired by the Madison County Veterans Honor Guard of America. The program concluded with a prayer and the playing of “Taps.”

For their ceremony, the Vietnam veterans solemnly planted a rifle in the ground, placed a combat helmet on it and then a pair of boots in front of it as others displayed the organization’s flag. Then they and offered a slow-moving salute.

Students from the Eastern’s ROTC program served as honor guard for the program.

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