Washburn University Honors Veterans

By: WIBW (posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: WIBW (posted by Melissa Brunner)

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Bagpipes played and bells tolled at Washburn University Monday, part of a ceremony to pay tribute to those who served.

The campus held a Veterans Day ceremony for the 26th year. The event was held at the Vietnam Memorial on campus.

As part of the ceremony, JROTC members from Shawnee Heights High School laid wreaths honoring members of each branch of the military. Participants also released an orange balloon, symbolizing those who were victims of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.

In addition to the Shawnee Heights students, the Washburn Rural High School band performed the national anthem and an armed forced medley, while the Topeka High School JROTC did a drill performance and posted the colors.

The speaker for the event was Brig. Gen. Eric Peck of the Kansas Army National Guard. The Standing Bear Intertribal Brotherhood provided a blessing and prayer.

The Washburn campus has nearly 300 students who receive federal veterans education benefits. Organizers say several faculty members and administrators also are veterans.

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