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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Veterans honored at USM

  • While much focus was placed on veterans during Veterans Day, they remained in the spotlight a day later at the University of Saint Mary.
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  • While much focus was placed on veterans during Veterans Day, they remained in the spotlight a day later at the University of Saint Mary.
    Officials at Saint Mary took time Tuesday to recognize veterans and active duty members of the armed forces who are students or members of the school's faculty and staff as well as family members.
    The recognition came during an annual Pinning Ceremony. Honorees received pins, recognizing them for service to the military.
    "We are honored to bring you this event," said Bryan Le Beau, Saint Mary's vice president for academic affairs.
    This was the fourth year the university has held the event.
    Twenty-five people were recognized during the ceremony. Le Beau said several others were unable to attend.
    Speaking during the event, retired Lt. Gen. Richard Keller said he wanted to say thank you to veterans and the people who've supported them.
    Keller, who is a member of Saint Mary's Board of Trustees, also encouraged veterans who are now attending the university to use the traits that made them strong and successful in the military and balance the mental, physical and spiritual.
    He said audience members also have to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
    "Keep them in your prayers today and always," he said.
    Keller presented the honorees with the pins. The honorees also were congratulated by Col. Timothy Wulff, garrison commander of Fort Leavenworth; state Rep. Melanie Meier, who also is a lieutenant colonel in the National Guard; Lt. Col. Kelly Brown, commander of the Mission Training Complex at Fort Leavenworth; and Carlton Philpot, an assistant professor at Saint Mary and retired Navy commander.
    Wulff also spoke during the ceremony.
    "Saint Mary has been open to us, the military," Wulff said.
    In addition to veterans, families of service members should be honored, he said.
    "Everyone likes to call us heroes," he said.
    But the family members of people who serve in the armed forces are the true heroes, Wulff said.
    Following the ceremony, the honorees and their families were treated to a free lunch.
    The University of Saint Mary also will be honoring veterans during the halftime of Saturday's football game against Friends University. The game is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Saint Mary campus in Leavenworth. Veterans, active duty military personnel and military families are invited to attend the game for free.
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