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WT Honors Military Service Members on Veterans Day with Walk of Honor

West Texas A&M University honored those who fought for our country during a Walk of Honor Friday at the WT Veterans Memorial.

Veterans were honored at the ceremony for their challenging work and the sacrifices they made for the freedom of our nation.

“It is our duty as civilians of this great nation to honor veterans. It is my privilege to reflect and thank those who have sacrificed so mightily for our nation and the freedoms we all have,” said WT President Walter Wendler.

The Veterans Walk of Honor event began with the WT Faculty Brass Quintet playing the National Anthem, followed by an invocation by Harlee Sharp, a freshman pre-dental biology student from Amarillo and president of the Association of Veteran Students.

Dr. Todd Rasberry started the program by introducing VIPs and speakers at the event. Canyon Mayor Gary Hinders recognized serving military and veterans with the honors they earned by sacrificing time with their families. “Some of us only have a glimpse, but we’re grateful,” Hinders said.

Walter Wendler, president of West Texas A&M University, and U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Tyson Willis (retired) walk together after laying the wreath at the Veterans Memorial on the WT campus Friday during a ceremony for Veterans Day.

According to previous reports, there are 11 streets across campus named after deceased veterans. The WT Veterans Memorial has 88 names of deceased WT students: seven from World War I, 54 from World War II, three from Korea, 23 from Vietnam and one from Iraq.

United States Air Force Lt. Col. Tyson Willis (retired) joined Wendler in placing the wreath honoring veterans at the Veterans Memorial.

Lt. Col. Willis began his speech on what it means to be a veteran of one’s past. “A veteran is someone who has decided that service to their country is more important than their life. There’s no way to explain the fight to someone who wasn’t in it. Those of us who have been there know that the best and worst of humanity is found in war,” Willis said.

A five-plane formation with three World War II aircraft: a Voltee BT-13 Valiant and two T-6 Texans, and two post-Korean T-34 aircraft fly overhead during the WT Veterans Day event Friday.

A formation of five aircraft flew over campus near the end of the event. This formation included three World War II aircraft: a Voltee BT-13 Valiant and two T-6 Texans, and two post-war Korean T-34 aircraft.

The event ended with a march honoring veterans and active military personnel.