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Columbia College commemorates fallen soldiers in remembrance roll call

Friday, November 11, 2011 | 3:25 p.m. CST; updated 4:09 p.m. CST, Friday, November 11, 2011
Army Captain Daniel Hartman reads the names of U.S. soldiers who died during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan during Friday's Veterans Day event at Columbia College. Hartman served five years in the Army and did two tours in Iraq, where he was a platoon leader during the troop surge.

"Cpl. Brian Kennedy, United States Marine Corps."

The Atkins-Holman Student Commons at Columbia College buzzed with its daily routine on Friday morning: A long line for coffee and students buried in stacks of books and notes.

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"Staff Sgt. Brian Craig, United States Army."

But behind a lecturn at the entrance, there were three prominent panels, about eight feet high, covered in letters so small they could only be seen by standing inches in front of them. Each panel listed the names of men and women killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, totaling at least 6,274.

"Pvt. Kelley Prewitt, United States Army."

Starting in the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month of the year, Columbia College participated in the Remembrance Day National Roll Call. The college was one of 182 schools nationwide that participated in the Veterans Day event — a synchronized reading of the names of all members of the armed forces killed in the past decade.

"Capt. Matthew August, United States Army."

Gerald Brouder, the school's president and a 26-year Army veteran, introduced a group of 15 student and faculty veterans from Columbia College and MU who read the names.

"Pfc. Howard Johnson II, United States Army."

The roll call at Columbia College included about 4,000 names, with its 11 satellite campuses each reading about 250. The event was expected to take four hours, with a pause to observe a moment of silence at 1 p.m..

"Pvt. Jonathan Gifford, United States Marine Corps."

A group of students and faculty came in and out frequently, listening and watching respectfully, one by one drifting away after hundreds of names were read.

"Sgt. Keicia Hines, United States Army."

One student watching was a veteran who was injured in Iraq. "Tuesday was the third anniversary of a brother of mine in the Army being killed in Iraq," Sgt. Jared Reichel said. "Being a vet is like being in a fraternity. We all pay tribute to them today, but we pay tribute to them everyday."

"Spc. Justin Scott, United States Army."

The daily routine continued, but the commons was now respectfully quiet as the names echoed throughout the open floors. 

"Lance Cpl. Brian Anderson, United States Marine Corps."


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