The Air Force ROTC held a vigil Wednesday at sundown on the lawn of the Armory honoring soldiers who are prisoners of war or who have gone missing in action. The event was led by cadet first lieutenant Chandler Herren and featured guest speaker Gene Richards, a retired Blackhawk pilot and commander of the Lafayette Veterans of Foreigns Wars Post.
Air Force, Army and Navy ROTC groups joined for a 2.7 mile run in honor of prisoners of war, those missing in action and victims of 9/11. They began in front of the Wilmeth Active Learning Center around 5:45 a.m. In addition to the run, speeches and poems in remembrance of 9/11 were read, a moment of silence was observed and push-ups were performed in honor of a number of groups.
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An ROTC member stands guard on the Armory front lawn, in front of a memorial for prisoners of war and those missing in action.
Cadet First Lt. Chandler Herren, a sophomore majoring in cybersecurity, addresses the ROTC members. Herren read a letter honoring 9/11 victims from Purdue President Mitch Daniels as well as poems by Roger W. Hancock, a prisoner of war.
Gene Richards, Retired Army Blackhawk pilot and commander of the Lafayette Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, speaks about the prisoners of war and missing-in-action connects to his post. His speech stressed the importance of the vigil to young ROTC members.
ROTC students circle around the flag post on the armory front lawn to honor prisoners of war, those missing in action and victims of the 9/11 attacks.
Elaine Jensen (right) uses her candle to light Zack Bauman's during the vigil. Both students are freshmen in the College of Liberal Arts and midshipmen fourth class in the naval ROTC.
Students bow their head in a moment of silence to honor soldiers and the families of soldiers who have been prisoners of war, gone missing in action or were affected by the 9/11 attacks. This year marked the 18th anniversary of those attacks.
ROTC students hold up their candles during a vigil for prisoners of war and those missing in action on the Armory front lawn.
Army ROTC members stand at attention shortly before beginning the POW/MIA run.
Army ROTC members stand in front of the Bell Tower in preparation for the POW/MIA run.
An Army ROTC member looks at his watch to coordinate a moment of silence in remembrance of the 9/11 attacks.
Air Force ROTC members set off on the POW/MIA run.
Navy ROTC members return to formation after completing the run.
Air Force ROTC members return to formation after completing the run.
Air Force ROTC members perform push-ups after the POW/MIA run.