TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – The Washburn Institute of Technology was among local organizations that honored veterans on their special day Friday.
A ceremony was held at 10 a.m. at the Washburn Tech Conference Center, located at 5724 SW Huntoon in west Topeka.
The event’s featured speaker was Bob Sines, a Vietnam veteran from Hiawatha whose granddaughter Amy Payne works at Washburn Tech.
Sines, 76, said he was honored to be asked to speak at the event.
He said Veterans Day is a chance to show people who served in the military that they are not forgotten and their sacrifices are appreciated.
“There’s a lot of veterans out there,” Sines said, “and they deserve some attention, and I think we see a lot more of them now than when we got home in the ’60s. And the people are very, very interested in what we do and appreciate what we’ve been through.
Sines said he served from 1966 to 1968 in the U.S. military, including a 1967 tour of duty in Vietnam. He started in the infantry and ended up in the artillery.
He is also the Homer White American Legion Post 66 chaplain in Hiawatha.
The Highland Park High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Group, which presented the colors at the start of the ceremony, also participated in the Washburn Tech event.
Group member Jhessdiel Santiago, a freshman at Highland Park, said he and his classmates were excited to participate in the program.
“It really means to the world that we can just go out and have this color guard event for them, and we’re really grateful for what they did,” Santiago said. “We’re really grateful to be here and really happy to honor them as best we can.”
Santiago said he hopes to one day serve in the army.
“It was always my mother’s dream to have one of her children in any branch,” he said, “so it would make me really happy to honor my mother in one of the branches. .”
What branch is he considering right now?
“I think the Air Force would be good,” Santiago said.
The boys and girls of Washburn Tech’s Little Learners Daycare led participants in the Pledge of Allegiance near the start of Friday morning’s program.
About 85 people, including Washburn Tech students and several veterans, were in attendance for the 35-minute ceremony.
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