CPAWS Honors Servicemen and Women for Veterans Day|
Nov. 9, 2012
CINCINNATI - Members of the University of Cincinnati's CPAWS (Committee to Promote Athlete Welfare and Success) are honoring U.S. Military men and women with ties to the Bearcats Community Friday, Nov. 9 through Tuesday, Nov. 13 in the Richard E. Lindner Center.
Swimmer and CPAWS president Shannon Conners was inspired to commemorate Veterans Day with the display after working in Georgia. "There is an Air Force Base in town, so they're very patriotic," said Conners.
"For Memorial Day, they'll sell flags for I think $2 and you can write a soldier's name on it. And on Memorial Day, they'll hang them on the front yard, so when you drive into work you see hundreds of these flags. I wanted to do that here."
Conners, whose father served in the Air Force, hopes the flags will help raise awareness for the holiday and serve as a reminder for the reason the university is closed Monday.
CPAWS invited student-athletes, and faculty and staff members to share names of family and friends that have served or are currently serving in a branch of the military. Attached to each name is an America flag.
All together 495 names and flags are currently hanging on the fifth of the Lindner Center.