Tom participated in his fourth Veterans Day parade in Ellensburg this year. But as a senior, he also participated in the Senior Vigil--a 24 hour vigil over a POW/MIA display. Nine out of the twelve seniors participated. They took turns in 15 minute shifts so they basically had to do one 15 minute shift every hour. So he was up the whole 24 hours plus. And the display was outside so it was cold.
They started right after the parade on Veterans Day--at noon--and went until noon the next day. They had a lot of visitors. Tom happened to be on at 11 p.m. on 11-11-11 shift. An Air Force veteran stopped by and gave Tom and another cadet his second lieutenant bars. Tom said that a Vietnam veteran broke down in front of the display for quite awhile.
So proud of Tom and his classmates for honoring our veterans and our war veterans in particular in this way.