EKU Vets recognize 7,041 vets in annual roll call event

Flags with photos and descriptions placed in Powell Plaza on EKU's campus on Veteran's Day.

From 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., members of the EKU Office of Military and Veterans Affairs and volunteers read aloud the names of 7,041 veterans who have fallen since their service in the Global War on Terror.

Eastern Kentucky University joined campuses nationwide on Veterans Day in the National Roll Call remembrance event, which pays tribute to American military service members who have fallen since the Global War on Terror in 2001 to the present day.

Two hundred and forty names were read aloud in 15 minutes increments. In addition, service members who were from Kentucky were noted by a bell ring whenever their name was read aloud. The event took place on Powell Corner, and welcomed students all throughout the day.

“As a national leader and role model for veterans and military students in higher education, EKU Office of Military and Veterans Affairs is honored and privileged to have the support of President McFaddin and our leadership to use this platform to recognize and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice,” Barbara Kent, director of the office of military and veterans affairs and an Army veteran, said in a release. “It provides an opportunity for our students and campus community to actively participate in honoring the fallen and a somber reminder that the freedoms we enjoy are never truly free.”

Former EKU staff member and Army veteran Dr. Brett Morris established National Roll Call in 2011. Since that time, universities in all 50 states have participated with middle and high school groups now involved in the ceremonies.

EKU is home to nearly 1,500 veterans, active duty service members, Reserve/National Guard members and military spouses and children. For more information about services available to them, visit va.eku.edu, or contact the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs at 859-622-2345 or email them at EKUVeteransAffairs@eku.edu.

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