09 September 2013
KOKOMO, Ind. — Indiana University Kokomo's Student Veterans Organization will host "Meet at the Memorial Rock," a 9/11 reflection and commemoration, at 11 a.m. Wednesday, September 11. The event, which is open to the public, will be at the flagpole in front of the Main Building.
Doug Preece, president of the Student Veterans Organization, said the event is not political, but is just a short time of remembrance.
"I think reflection is good for the soul," he said. "It's important for people to recognize what happened in the past, and our nation's contributions by veterans. That was a significant event in our history. Everyone can remember where they were on 9/11. For those of us who are involved, it resonates a little deeper."
Preece, a reservist at Grissom Air Reserve Base, in Miami County, deployed to the Middle East on September 21, 2001, just 10 days after the terrorist attacks. He's been sent overseas several times since then, serving as a boom operator for the KC-135 Stratotankers, which provide mid-air refueling for long-range bomber, fighter, and cargo aircraft.
The mission of the Student Veterans Organization is to meet the academic and social needs of student veterans through peer support, advocacy, fellowship, and community service. It is open to current U.S. armed forces members and veterans, ROTC members, and their families. For more information, contact Preece at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indiana University Kokomo serves north central Indiana.