National Roll Call set for Nov. 11

Eastern Kentucky University JROTC members during a National Roll Call event in a previous semester.

Eastern Kentucky University will join campuses nationwide on Thursday, Nov. 11 in the National Roll Call remembrance event that pays tribute to American military service members who have fallen since the Global War on Terror in 2001. Former EKU staff member and Army veteran Brett Morris established National Roll Call in 2011.

According to a press release, volunteers will read 240 names every 15 minutes beginning at 6 a.m. The ceremony will take place at Powell Corner until all 7,041 names are recited at approximately 1:30 p.m.

Kentucky service members are recognized by the ringing of a bell after their name is read. EKU President David McFaddin is scheduled to give remarks before a moment of silence takes place at 2 p.m. The bells of Keen Johnson will then ring in remembrance of all veterans to conclude the event.

“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,” said Barbara Kent, Army veteran and director of the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, in a press 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.”

Volunteers are still needed to read names. Anyone interested can sign up here.

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