Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

September 10, 2013

Student veterans plan remembrance

from staff reports
Kokomo Tribune

---- — 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. 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, deployed to the Middle East on Sept. 21, 2001, just 10 days after the terrorist attacks. He has been sent overseas several times since, 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 dapreece@iuk.edu.