University remembers, honors local service vets

Meghann Anderson
Staff writer

Melissa Ruhlman/The NewsStaff writer

The Veterans Student Organization held a ceremony on the steps of Lovett Auditorium Friday to honor active duty military members and veterans.

The ceremony included a presentation of colors by the University’s ROTC colorguard and a performance of the National Anthem by the Murray State Symphonic Wind Ensemble brass section.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars of Murray also organized a parade downtown celebrating Veterans Day.

Alison Marshall, associate director for the transfer center and Veteran Affairs, said the event was to commemorate Veterans Day and to recognize those who have given to the United States and the families who have also sacrificed.

The Veterans Student Organization is a new group that started on campus this fall.

Marshall said there are more than 300 veteran students on campus, including the regional campuses.

Many veteran students attend the regional campus at the Fort Campbell Army Education Center in Fort Campbell, Ky.

“It’s my honor to salute our veterans, wounded warriors, fallen soldiers and active duty military from all branches of service,” Marshall said. “In recognizing these men and women, we remember them with gratitude.”

She said the student veterans are a great group of men and women who are looking for a supportive environment.

Marshall said it is important to recognize those who have served and sacrificed, and given so much of themselves so the American people can have freedom.

The students know there are other people who have been through what they have been through.

“It is a great opportunity for them to get together,” Miller said. “The organization serves as a support group for veterans where they can share experiences, or just a way for them meet other fellow veterans and build new friendships.

She said the organization is becoming active and starting to participate in more activities on campus.

The Office of the President and Veterans Affairs sponsored a reception to inaugurate the opening of the new Veteran Student Lounge, located in Room 300 of Alexander Hall.

G.I. Jobs magazine named the University a top military friendly school for 2012.

“The men and women who serve in the United States military show commitment, courage and great patriotism toward their country,” Josh Jacobs, chief of staff, said.

At the football game against Austin Peay State University on Nov. 12, veteran student Adam Horton was involved in the coin toss as a part of “Protect and Serve.” During halftime, members of the local police and fire departments were recognized.

Members of the White College Honor Society joined White College residents as they presented flowers and shared words of gratitude for those who have served.

“We show true appreciation as we salute these men and women ,” Marshall said.

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