Veterans Day Weekend
Eastern Kentucky University honored military members, veterans and fallen soldiers this Veterans Day weekend through ceremonies both solemn and celebratory.
Friday, EKU conducted its traditional National Roll Call, a reading of the names of the more than 7,000 American soldiers who have lost their lives since 9/11. About 80 volunteers — including students, faculty, staff, alumni and Richmond community members — participated in reading the names. The observance lasted for more than 7 hours.
On Saturday, another ceremony recognized the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. The names of all fallen service members from Kentucky were read aloud, with a special recognition of four fallen alumni of EKU (and Central College, EKU’s predecessor). Albert Lee Shear, Alexander Conrad Cornelison, Patrick H. Hall and Eugene Washburn Roark, the youngest son of EKU founder and first president Dr. Ruric Neval Roark, all died in 1918 near the end of WWI.
Also on Saturday, the Colonels narrowly defeated the Robert Morris University Colonials in the last home football game of the season. During halftime, veterans from the EKU community and Madison County fell into formation by branch of service, and were honored by the crowd.
Ceremonies were conducted by EKU’s ROTC and Office of Military and Veterans Affairs. The Marching Colonels and EKU Athletics helped organize the halftime display.
From all of us at EKU and in the Colonel nation, thank you to the brave men and women who have given so much of themselves for our nation, and to uphold the ideals of freedom and democracy.
Photos by EKU campus photographer Amanda J. Cain and student photographer Carsen Bryant.
Published on November 13, 2018