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            Honoring Those Who


           Texas Tech University's Wall of  Honor recognizes alumni who have
           either fallen in the line of  duty or received the highest military honor

           by Amanda Bowman from Texas Tech Today

                                               In 2018, Texas Tech
            “The cost of freedom is always     University's Military & Veterans
            high, but Americans have always    Programs (MVP) established its
            paid it.” - John F. Kennedy        Wall of Honor in Drane Hall to
                                               remember former Red Raiders who
                                               have either died in combat or who
                emembering our military        received high military honors and
                men and women who have         died outside of battle.
           Rsacrificed so much for us in
           the defense of freedom has been     “It's important for us to recognize
           a U.S. tradition since May 5, 1886.   these men and women who have
           What started as Decoration Day      given so much for our country
           to honor the fallen soldiers of the   because we don't want to forget
           Civil War grew into Memorial Day    them,” said Sierra Mello-Miles,
           when we remember fallen U.S.        director of MVP. “These soldiers
           soldiers of every war.              have made incredible sacrifices –
                                               sacrifices most people will never
           Memorial Day was declared a         understand. Many of these people                 Capt. Joshua S. Meadows
           national holiday in 1971 and is     joined voluntarily. They knew
           observed on the last Monday         what was at stake, and they still   On Sept. 5, 2009, while on a combat
           in May. And while a day of          went.”                              reconnaissance patrol in central
           remembering those who sacrificed                                        Farah Province, Afghanistan,
           their lives for us is important, it's   This past Memorial Day, U.S.    Marine Special Operations Team
           imperative we keep these men and    Marine Corps Capt. Joshua S.        8113 came under heavy enemy
           women in our thoughts throughout    Meadows – a 2002 graduate           mortar. In the chaos of rocket-
           the year.                           of business administration – was    propelled grenade launches and
                                               inducted into the Wall of Honor.

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