Memorial made of white marble honors 10 ETSU graduates killed in combat

From Staff Reports

   JOHNSON CITY -- A memorial carved out of a 6,000-pound mass of white marble to honor Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps graduates from East Tennessee State University who have died in combat was dedicated during a special Veterans Day ceremony on Tuesday morning.
   Fifty years ago, an ROTC program was instituted at what is now ETSU. To honor the 10 graduates who died and to commemorate the golden anniversary of ROTC on campus, the memorial was dedicated at 11 a.m. in the circle at the front entrance of Memorial Hall (Brooks Gymnasium).
   A Veterans Affairs Subcommittee comprised of students, faculty, and staff planned and raised funds for the memorial.
   Catherine Murray, sculptor and associate professor in the ETSU Department of Art and Design, is working to create the image of a flag draped over the top of the marble, where a Vietnam-era helmet rests.
   A plaque on one side of the monument displays the ROTC emblem, while another bears the names of the 10 men honored and a quotation by World War I hero, Alvin York: "Life, not death; liberty, not enslavement; the pursuit of happiness, not the pursuit of sorrow and misery, will keep democracy fighting until victory is assured."
   Five flag poles were also placed behind the monument bearing the banners of each branch of the military.
   Another phase of the project will include construction of walkways in the memorial area paved with bricks purchased in memory of any ETSU student or employee who has served in the armed forces. Each brick will bear the name, rank, branch of service, and dates of service of the person commemorated.