National Roll Call Day: Students Read Names Of Fallen Soldiers

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By: Winnie Wright
November 11, 2013

Valdosta, GA - The Student Veterans of America at Valdosta State University took part in the "National Roll Call" project Monday. Students, faculty, and staff honored American service men and women by reading the names of those who lost their lives in Operation Iraqi Freedom over the past decade.

The event's organizer, Mark Smith, says the Veterans Day event is the least we can do to honor our those who served our country.

Mark Smith, President: "Since Valdosta State is in a military town, being that we have Moody Airforce Base and a lot of other military installations close to us, it's important just to show the local community how important the active Veterans are as a part of this local community."

By: Elizabeth Nickerson
November 11, 2013

Tallahassee, FL-- President of the "Students For America's Military Of FSU," reads the names of fallen soldiers, "Captain Matthew W. Bandcroft."

Names of those who risked their lives in combat were read aloud in front of universities across the country. Meghan Peterson, president of the organization who put it all together, says it hits close to home having grown up near an army base in Washington D.C.

"My dad has done a lot in his career and I'm very honored to be his daughter, so I just hope I can carry on that legacy by doing something to say thank you," said Meghan Peterson, the president of the 'Students For America's Military Of FSU.

Peterson says, it is not just her father they are commemorating. It is the 6,000 others who fought for our freedom since 2001. One of those honored was a member of the FSU's Army ROTC.

"Second Lt. Justin Sisson, we're reading his name today," said Peterson. "He really touched everyone's life."

Sisson was part of the FSU's Army ROTC and fellow peers joined forces to pay tribute by having a moment of silence.

At the ceremony a fellow peer said, "We will commemorate the memories so at this time I'm going to ask that we all bow our heads for a moment of silence"

"We are actually family in our own way," said Mike Rehme, an FSU Air Force ROTC member. "We all come together through training, hardships, and adversity and we learn how to lead each other as well as lead ourselves."

FSU's student military club is next expected to host a 'care package event' December 3rd, 2013 at 7 p.m. in the Florida Ballrooms at FSU Oglesby Union.