CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - A dedication was held for Veterans Plaza at Southeast Missouri State University on Friday, September 25.
It was dedicated during a flag-raising ceremony to celebrate the new addition on campus to honor those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
During the ceremony, Dr. Carlos Vargas, president of Southeast Missouri State University, presented the Space Force flag and Jerry Ford played Taps.
After Taps, the flags were lowered to half-staff for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. They will be raised when she’s laid to rest at Arlington.
“Throughout its history, Southeast has exalted and acknowledged the importance of the veterans and active duty military personnel in our student body, our alumni, our staff and our faculty,” said Dr. Carlos Vargas, president of Southeast. “Since the time the University was established in 1873, we have had veterans from every major conflict the United States has engaged in, beginning with the Civil War and continuing through today. The University’s Veterans Plaza is an opportunity for Southeast and our community to honor the military service of our friends and family members.”
Vargas also recognized Thomas M. Meyer, a 1975 Southeast graduate and veteran of the U.S. Navy Seabees, for his integral role in recommending the addition of a space on campus to honor all veterans and his dedication and work with the Southeast Missouri State Foundation to make the Veterans Plaza a reality.
More than $100,000 has been privately raised to support the Veterans Plaza project.
The Veterans Plaza is located on campus between Academic Hall and Memorial Hall.
It consists of commemorative engraved bricks to honor the military service of alumni, friends, family members and others.
The U.S. flag, POW/MIA flag, the Missouri state flag and flags representing the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Space Force are displayed.