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Tech Honors Veterans With Campus Ceremony Tuesday

/ The Upper Cumberland's News Leader
Tech Honors Veterans With Campus Ceremony Tuesday

Retired Major General Edward Dorman told Tennessee Tech students and faculty Tuesday that freedom is not free.

Dorman spoke as part of the Office of Military & Veteran Affairs’ Veterans Week celebration. Student Veterans Event Coordinator Evan Kvalvik said events like the one Tuesday mean a lot to veterans on campus.

“They don’t expect to have important people take time out of their day to recognize veterans,” Kvalvik said. “We don’t expect any of that and so when it happens, it’s a good feeling.”

Kvalvik said that the ceremony hopefully lets veterans know they are not alone. He said he wants them to understand where they can find help. Kvalvik said that it was an honor for him to have the opportunity to share his service experiences.

“Veterans have proudly carried the torch of liberty for all to see,” Dorman said. “Their sacrifice in the name of peace and freedom has made this nation what it is today. We must therefore ensure that this sacrifice was not in vain.”

The event featured a live band that played the national anthem at the beginning event and accompanied honoring each military branch. The event featured a live cannon that fired in salute to each military branch after each of the day’s speakers had concluded.

“We recognize and celebrate all who have served our nation in uniform with honor and distinction, and I mean all,” Dorman said. “One enlistment or a full career, in uniform or as a DOD civilian or a continuity, or as a family member, you serve and sacrifice too, combat or no combat. Today let each of us as my army likes to say, and as I learned here at Tech. Be all you can be.”


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