History begins as fallen U.S. vets' names are read aloud

7:24 PM, Nov 8, 2012   |    comments
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By Ashley Yarchin

Red Bud, Ill. (KSDK) - Veterans Day is this Sunday, and Lebanon, Illinois man has organized an historic nationwide event to mark the day. He wants to have all the names of fallen veterans in U.S. history read aloud, and some folks in Red Bud have already gotten a head start.

Anyone can volunteer and anyone can set up a reading location. So, in this last minute effort, the students and staff behind Southwestern Illinois College's activities board decided to pitch in and read Thursday afternoon.

"It was a little rough to get through, seeing that many names and all the people that died in battle for our country," said Trevor Gordon, who was was one of the readers. "It's a pretty big honor."

"There was a passage one of the students read where like four or five names in a raw, it was junior, junior, junior, and to me that just brought home what these are people's sons and daughters," explained Mark Light, who is not only an adjunct librarian there, but he is also a retired member of the Air Force. "It's a way to help pay respect to the people that have served and hopefully it helps give a pause for thought about what actually is involved with the people that are in harm's way."

You can still get involved in the readings in our area or you can set up a location yourself. Just visit The Fight Continues' website.


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