EKU to Honor Fallen Veterans on Memorial Day


RICHMOND, Ky. (May 23, 2024) — Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) will honor fallen veterans during an event held on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2024, as a part of EKU’s Fallen Soldier Dog Tag Project. EKU unveiled its new Veterans Memorial in November of 2023. The memorial displays the American flag and the service flags to represent the branches of the military; a granite slate with the inscribed names of those who have given their lives while serving; benches dedicated by veterans and their families; and the Fallen Soldier Cross statue.

EKU’s Fallen Soldier Cross statue honors those who lost their lives outside of combat. Dog tags hang from the statue in remembrance of someone lost, regardless of how and when, with the idea of creating a “wind chime” effect as tags brush across the stainless-steel globe. EKU’s Office of Military and Veteran Affairs requested nominations for new dog tag additions to the Fallen Soldier Cross statue.  

On Memorial Day, EKU will add the dog tags of eight fallen soldiers to the Fallen Soldier Cross statue during the ceremony. Those being honored include:

  • Brett P. Benton, 1974-2011

  • Fred Edwards, 1946-2023

  • James Lee Farris, 1940-2017

  • Henry Gerald Gish, MIA on March 3, 1968

  • Rufus O. Harris, 1924-2006

  • Terry A. Morris, 1950-2019

  • Ben Tureman, 1924-1993

  • Clark Whitt, 1947-2019

WHAT: EKU Memorial Day Event: “Honoring the Fallen”

WHEN: Monday, May 27, 2024, at 8 a.m.

WHERE: Eastern Kentucky University

                Veterans Memorial in Carloftis Garden

                521 Lancaster Avenue

                Richmond, KY 40475

Carloftis Garden is near the intersection of Lancaster and Park Drive in front of the new Martin Hall. Designated parking for visitors is available at the Veterans Memorial. 

SPEAKERS: Dr. Robert Vickers, EKU alumnus and retired U.S. Army Chaplain

                      Berea Mayor Bruce Farley

CONTACT: Sarah Baker, EKU’s director of public relations, at media@eku.edu or 859-582-9260. 

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