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ROTC Veterans Day Celebration
It was every single day, from, for an hour every single morning, from 0600 to 0700, every single day this week."
That's how long, Midshipmen 2/C, True Jones practiced for the Tri-Service ROTC Veterans Day Ceremony at U of I. Though the ceremony was only an hour, it represented a timeless honor.
"Every single person in this town, this University, this country exercises the right for freedom and the connection is freedom," Jones said. The connection is the honor, the courage that these veterans and these future veterans have given to
Retired Navy Captain, and guest speaker, Allan Stratman shared how much times have changed since his commission in 1986.
"Each of you have or about to make the decision to join under much different circumstances," Stratman said in his speech. "For you, it's to raise your hand and swear an oath to the Constitution for a nation that continues to be at war."
Lieutenant Ian Miller came from a family with little military background, but his decision to join the navy was inspired by... his family.
"For me, it was a chance to, kinda, get integrated like that for my family," Miller said. "And even those who have very little contact with the military, I think, uh, we owe everything we have in the United States to all those Veterans."
ABC NewsChannel 15's Kim Shine reports.