Fort Valley Students Honor Veterans | News
Students at Fort Valley State University honored veterans who gave their lives in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
They got an early start at 8:30 Friday morning and were still calling out names.
Twenty student organizations took turns calling out the names and over 6,000 names were read.
At 2:00 p.m., the group joined several groups across the country and observed a minute of silence for those that gave their lives.
FVSU's Political Science Student Society President, Jeremy Johnson says, "By us reading the names, name for name, title for title, or what not, it shows that we recognize, we are verbally saying 'thank you for giving your all to us so that we can be here today.'"
He says they had people verifying each name as they were read to make sure the names were pronounced correctly and that no veteran was left out.
"We're so close to Robins Air Force Base that you see veterans on a daily basis and sometimes we forget to realize and recognize what they actually gave," says Johnson.