Students, faculty, and staff paid homage to veterans and those currently in service with photos, messages and letters on the Wall of Honor at TCU during Veterans Celebration Week.
Among the many faces on the Wall of Honor was the grandfather and parents of Madeline Kipphut, a junior business major.
“My mom actually met my dad in the Air Force while they both were stationed in Langley, Virginia and working at the Pentagon,” she said. “It’s pretty cool to say both of my parents were serving in the Air Force when they met. It’s really awesome.”
Kipphut said her grandfather and her dad’s brother both served in the military as well.
“I am very proud to say that so many generations of my family have served for so long,” Kipphut said.
She said growing up in a military family really had an effect on her life, and she believes it made her family stronger.
For example, she said having to support her dad as he was deployed for six months after Sept. 11 made them have a special bond with each other.
At the Wall of Honor, viewers were also given the opportunity to write letters to current service members.
April Brown, assistant director of intercultural services and veterans services, said the letters will be given to Zavdy Martinez, the supervisor service assistant in residential housekeeping at TCU, who has a son in the Marine Corps. The letters will be sent to Martinez’s son, Rex Martinez, and his unit.
Martinez said her son is currently stationed in Okinawa, Japan.
“I think the whole unit will be very excited about the letters. They’re not used to receiving anything in the mail so, when they do get something, whether it’s a care package or a letter, it’s exciting,” Martinez said. “It means a lot to them. I know they’ll all be really excited, especially since they don’t know the letters are coming.”
Martinez said as a parent she is very proud of her son for serving the United States in the Marine Corps.
Arion Taylor, a junior international economics major, said she really enjoyed seeing the Wall of Honor.
“My grandfather and father both served in the military, and I really appreciate them for their service along with everyone else who has served and continue to serve our country,” Taylor said. “They are all true heroes.”