Cameron University places 6,750 flags; remembers fallen soldiers

Cameron University places 6,750 flags; remembers fallen soldiers

LAWTON, Okla._More than 60 Cameron University students and volunteers spent the day placing 6,750 American flags throughout the campus in remembrance of recently fallen soldiers.

Cameron University partnered with Fort Sill on the project, and they will also hold a ceremony to honor active duty, retired and those lost on Veterans Day.

Flags waving in the wind don't just represent our nation and freedom, they represent the 6,750 soldiers that have died during our conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Dean of Students Zeak Naifeh says this is a university tradition and their way of giving back to the ones who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"We have a remembrance roll call and every year we add flags for everyone who has lost their life," Naifeh explained.

Naifeh says Fort Sill and Cameron University have deeply rooted ties with their award winning Army ROTC program and the students who have served in the military, are currently serving or are dependents of service members.

The flags also hit home with Cameron University students because they have lost two of their own during Operation Freedom. Toby Alexander and Brandon Landrum are memorialized on two benches at Veterans Grove. Both men were killed in action, Alexander in 2012 and Landrum in 2013.

This is just another way the campus is remembering their lives and service.

During the Veterans Day ceremony on campus, Fort Sill Commander Major General John Rossi is scheduled to speak, along with Cameron University President Dr. John McArthur. The ceremony will begin with a moment of silence and a remembrance call.