(VIDEO) Texas Tech and community leaders gathered to start construction.
Earlier today Texas Tech University broke ground at Memorial Circle to mark the beginning of two new projects. With the support of many organizations on campus, the university will be adding a tribute walk and a Wall of Honor to Memorial Circle.
“Today is a special day as we recognize the many Red Raiders who have served our country with honor and distinction,” said Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec. “These enhancements to Memorial Circle, which reflects our university's history of honor and support for those who have served in our armed forces, will be permanent reminders of their sacrifice.”
The ground-breaking ceremony was attended by notable leaders including retired U.S. Air Force Col. Bobby Waddle; Texas Tech University President Lawrence Schovanec; retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Walter Huffman; Texas Tech University System Chancellor Tedd L. Mitchell, M.D.; U.S. Air Force Gen. and Chief of Staff C.Q. Brown Jr. and retired U.S. Air Force Col. Lou Ortiz.
The tribute walk will be installed on the east side exterior of Memorial Circle. The Wall of Honor will be installed on the east side interior, for each of 10 honorees who were killed in action or distinguished themselves on the battlefield. Military & Veterans Programs at Texas Tech say when the construction is complete, the tribute walk and Wall of Honor will provide higher visibility to veterans and active servicemembers alike.
“During both war and peace, Red Raiders have served the nation with honor,” said Lou Ortiz, board member of the Military & Veterans Alumni Network at Texas Tech. “Many have given their lives and it's important for us to always remember who they were, what they did, the values they lived by and their service and sacrifice.”