In the early light of Thursday morning, Veterans Day was observed in front of Indiana University’s Franklin Hall.
It’s the building that houses the former School of Journalism. Since 2014 it has been called the Media School. Outside is a reminder of the subject matter taught inside the walls—a statue of war correspondent Ernie Pyle at his typewriter.
Making introductory remarks on Thursday was retired U.S. Army Col. Kirk White, who is Indiana University’s vice provost for external relations. He served on the Bloomington city council from 1988 to 1995.
The joint Indiana University Air Force and Army ROTC color guard raised the flag. Indiana University Jacobs School of Music student Keanu Cover trumpeted out “To the Colors” followed by “The Star Spangled Banner.”
Delivering the main address was Col. Santee Vasquez, who’s commander of Crane Army Ammunition Activity.
Vasquez reminded the gathering of the day’s purpose: “Veterans Day is the time to remember all those who have served, past and present. On Veterans Day, we honor the brave men and women from all walks of life and all services will have stepped forward to defend our country and our nation throughout our history.”
Delivering the benediction was Meghan Andrews, battalion commander of the Army ROTC program at Indiana University.
Photos: Nov. 11, 2021 Veterans Day, Indiana University, Bloomington