By Seth Littrell
Register News Writer
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.