EKU pays tribute to veterans

RICHMOND, Ky. (WKYT) - All across the Commonwealth, there are events and ceremonies going on to recognize those who have served our country and to thank them for the sacrifices that they've made.

Eastern Kentucky University began its recognition early Monday morning.

"It's 120 names apiece. 240 names in a fifteen minute block."

Mike Bush, president of the Eastern Kentucky University Veterans Club, is an Army veteran who was deployed to Iraq in 2009 for a year. He was there as the first of the 7697 names of fallen veterans from recent combat in Iraq and Afghanistan were read aloud. The ceremony began at 6:30 Monday morning. Bush hopes the presentation strikes a chord with students as they walk to class.

"To reinforce on campus the sacrifices that were made, so that everyone here has the opportunity and the freedom to come and earn an education."

The reading of the fallen service men and women is just part of the Veterans Day ceremony at EKU. At two, there will be a nationally recognized moment of silence, followed by the playing of taps, and a 21-gun salute. From there, those gathered will move to the memorial complex for a bench dedication.

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