Students, faculty and staff recognized veterans by posting pictures and momentos on the Wall of Honor during Veterans Celebration Week.
“The Veterans Wall of Honor is one of the first visuals that was used for the Veterans Celebration that the Veterans Task Force for TCI does here,” said Dora Aguilera, administrative assistant at the University Recreation Center.
Aguilera, who has helped organize the wall for three years, said that students were able to submit their pictures via email and have them printed out and posted on the wall. They were also able to include personal messages.
“Helping with the wall is one of the most rewarding experiences ever,” said Aguilera. “Getting to hear peoples stories getting to meet some of the veterans on campus whether they were students, faculty, staff, parents of students, or friends is just so amazing and it just continues to keep growing.”
There were three walls: one located in the lobby of the Brown-Lupton University Union, and the others in the library next to the quiet section and in the lobby of the Rec center. Also, for the first time this year, there was a virtual wall broadcasted on televisions in the rec center that showcased photos from the past.
“I think it shows a great deal of appreciation to have the Veterans Wall of Honor,” said Jordan Kurtz, a sophomore nursing major, who served five years in the Army and one year in the National Guard. “TCU definitely does a lot to honor its veteran students. In addition to things such as the wall of honor and lining the University with yellow ribbons, they also pay a fairly large portion of tuition that the GI Bill does not cover.”
Jake Larsen, a senior Political Science major whose dad served in the Army for over 25 years said he thinks “it is really great that TCU gives [him] the opportunity to not only remember and honor [his] father’s service but share it with other students and see their photos and hear their stories.”