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Archive for Monday, November 12, 1990

LAWRENCE HONORS VETERANS, SHOWS SUPPORT FOR GULF FORCES

November 12, 1990

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On Veterans Day 1990, Lawrence honored the veterans of past wars while showing support for the troops in the Middle East who now face the threat of battle.

As a symbol of support for the troops in the gulf, yellow ribbons encircle trees along Jayhawk Boulevard on the Kansas University campus.

And to honor troops who died in Vietnam, a small pot of red, white and blue silk flowers and a tiny American flag rested today in the grass at the Vietnam War Memorial on the KU campus.

On Sunday, a service at the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 852 paid tribute to all veterans and to those now serving in the military. The service involved the united veterans organizations of Lawrence, including the VFW and auxiliary, American Legion and auxiliary, Disabled American Veterans and auxiliary and Vietnam Veterans of America.

Alan Fisher, a lifelong Douglas County resident and World War II veteran, said he was pleased with Sunday's ceremonies but fears for those serving in the Persian Gulf.

"The service people in the Vietnam era were chastised badly by a large segment of the American people even though it wasn't their fault," he said. "I would hope that no matter how the developments occur in Saudi Arabia, we still look at our service people as the fine people who went over there."

During halftime of Saturday's KU-Nebraska football game, KU ROTC recognized students in each service Army, Air Force and Navy, said Lt. Col. Bill McGaha, Army ROTC commanding officer.

Rob Calley, a student in Air Force ROTC, said he sees support growing for U.S. servicemen and servicewomen.

"It's kind of surprising, the support we get," he said. "We got an ovation from the stands at the game."

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