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WKU Veterans Day Ceremony Unveils New Panel for Guthrie Bell Tower

Western Kentucky University held its annual Veterans Day ceremony Friday morning, and unveiled a new panel of granite etchings to be added to the Guthrie Bell Bell Tower in the middle of campus.

The tower, which was dedicated in 2002, contains etchings that depict WKU alumni who served in the military.

Bowling Green resident Chip Hightower came to see the unveiling of the new panel which includes an etching of his father, Ret. Army Lt. Col. and Vietnam War veteran Ken Hightower.

“He was not for being recognized, and of course Vietnam veterans had that attitude in general because of how they were received after the war,” Hightower said. “So it’s just a wonderful experience to see my Dad, who spent so much time—20 years—in the U.S. Army, to be honored.”

Friday’s ceremony also included an annual wreath laying at the tower in honor of U.S. military personnel who have died in combat.

A military veteran who works at Western Kentucky University says an annual ceremony at the campus makes him appreciate the sacrifices his fellow service men and women have made.

Terry Copas served 24 years in the Army National Guard. He said it makes him proud to see young Americans volunteering to join the military.

“And I thank the young people for stepping up and wearing the uniform today. Because eventually you become too old to do it yourself. Somebody has to do it,” he told WKU Public Radio. 

Many communities across the region and nation are holding events this weekend honoring veterans. Bowling Green’s annual Veterans Day parade is tomorrow, starting at 10 a.m. near Circus Square Park in the city’s downtown.

Veterans Day is officially observed this Sunday.

Kevin is the News Director at WKU Public Radio. He has been with the station since 1999, and was previously the Assistant News Director, and also served as local host of Morning Edition.
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