Kennesaw State ROTC celebrates Veterans Day
Helicopter landing and blessing of the flags highlight the ceremony Kennesaw, Ga. (Nov. 11, 2009…
(Nov 11, 2009) — Helicopter landing and blessing of the flags highlight the ceremony
Kennesaw, Ga. (Nov. 11, 2009) — A fly-in by an Army Blackhawk helicopter and the blessing of the flags highlighted Veterans Day ceremonies at Kennesaw State University. The event was sponsored by the KSU ROTC Club, the KSU Students in Free Enterprise Team and the KSU Veterans Club.
“We invited all area veterans to join us to celebrate the Army’s Year of the Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) and honor them for their dedication to training and leading soldiers beneath their rank,” said faculty adviser Gary B. Roberts, professor of management and entrepreneurship in the Coles College of Business and an Army veteran of Vietnam and Operation Desert Storm.
In keeping with the NCO theme, Sgt. Maj. Meinrad Kuettel of the 78th Aviation Troop Command of the Georgia Army National Guard gave the keynote speech, after which all veterans were invited to the stage for recognition of their service.
Finally, Rev. Keith B. Whitmore, assistant bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta and a former Army chaplain, performed the blessing of the flags ceremony for those who brought an American flag.
After the ceremony, guests were invited to get a closer look at the helicopter and a Humvee displayed on the Campus Green and talk with the soldiers who operate them.
“As has become a tradition, the ceremony honored former Georgia Tech Army ROTC cadet, 1st Lt. Tyler Hall Brown, who was killed in Iraq in 2004, and all members of our armed forces who gave their lives in defense of our freedom and/or served honorably,” Roberts said.
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.