WKU honors veterans, military personnel at ceremony
- WKU News
- Thursday, November 11th, 2021
LTC Morgan Greene (left) and Provost Robert "Bud" Fischer placed the wreath during WKU's Veterans Day ceremony. (WKU photo by Clinton Lewis)
WKU honored military personnel and veterans during a Veterans Day ceremony Thursday morning.
“Today, we come together to pay tribute to the Hilltoppers — students, staff, faculty and alumni — and the millions of Americans around the country who have served our nation proudly while wearing a uniform that represents a legacy of extraordinary men and women willing to sacrifice so much in support and preservation of our democracy,” Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Robert “Bud” Fischer said.
“Honor, integrity, and selfless courage are the heart of our brave soldiers. These heroes not only defend our nation and allies abroad they serve here at home. During the past two difficult years, military personnel have been called to support efforts in fighting COVID-19, to assist migrants in search of peace and safety, and to help citizens who suffered devastating losses during natural disasters.”
Due to rain, the wreath-laying ceremony was held inside the Downing Student Union, followed by the WKU ROTC Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Provost Fischer congratulated the 2021 inductees -- retired Lieutenant Colonel Bill Willis, retired Lieutenant Colonel Bill Pearson, and the family of the late retired Lieutenant Colonel John Perkins.
He also thanked Hilltopper ROTC cadets for choosing the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps and WKU to prepare them to be the next generation of great leaders. “But more importantly, thank you for putting service before self. You are excellent examples of the WKU motto, ‘The Spirit Makes the Master,’” Provost Fischer said.
For information, contact WKU ROTC, (270) 745-4293
Western Kentucky University prides itself on positioning its students, faculty and staff for long term success. As a student-centered, applied research university, WKU helps students expand on classroom learning by integrating education with real-world applications in the communities we serve. Our hilltop campus is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, which was recently named by Reader’s Digest as one of the nicest towns in America, just an hour’s drive from Nashville, Tennessee.