Veteran’s Vigil

The Veteran's Vigil is in it's 24th year since the AFROTC Squadron was disbanded.  Courtesy Photo from the Herald Banner and Texas A&M-Commerce.
The Veteran’s Vigil is in it’s 24th year since the AFROTC Squadron was disbanded. Courtesy Photo from the Herald Banner and Texas A&M-Commerce.

A question was raised during a conversation today at the coffee shop “Do you think the pendulum has swung too far and veteran’s are getting recognized just because they are veterans?”.  Many veterans call Hunt County home.  They hail from all branches of the military.

The university at Commerce has had several names during it’s 125 years before it became Texas A&M-Commerce.  There has always been a Veteran’s Vigil during the Veteran’s Day week of November Eleventh.  The Air Force ROTC did the honors from 1949 until 1991 when the squadron was disbanded.  It has been a part of the university and will be held once again starting Thursday.

The Vigil is dedicated each year to POW/MIAs with recognition afforded to a particular branch or section of the United States military. The 2015 opening ceremony begins on Thursday. November 5th, at 9:30 a.m., in the Conference Rooms in the Rayburn Student Center (RSC).  Following a brief ceremony, a vigil flame will be lit which continuously burns until the flame is extinguished on Friday, November 6th, at 4:30 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to attend.  The Vigil site will be located on the walking mall in front of the Rayburn Student Center.

One important aspect of the Vigil ceremony is the posting of a guard at the site. Sentries generally serve in one-hour shifts for as many or as few shifts as they choose.

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