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Upcoming improvement at Texas Tech Memorial Circle, university says


LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) – Texas Tech University is looking to continue honoring a legacy of dedicated military personnel with an expansion to Memorial Circle: a walk in honor of Texas Tech military and veterans.

The boardwalk will be located on the adjacent grassy area outside the east side of the Pfluger Fountain, between the two Medal of Honor monuments dedicated in 2018. The area will be surrounded by a brick walkway dedicated to all members of service who attended Texas Tech. As the first Purple Heart University in Texas, the feature will also include a gateway plaque honoring Texas Tech Purple Heart recipients or those wounded or killed in action.

The University says the new feature will integrate with existing Memorial Circle Medal of Honor monuments, retaining the full view of the Pfluger Fountain.

“During war and peace, the Red Raiders have served the nation with honor and distinction,” said Col. Lou Ortiz, USAF, Texas Tech Military & Veterans Alumni Network Board Member. “Many gave their lives and it’s important for us to always remember who they were, what they did, the values ​​they lived, and their service and sacrifice.”

Any Texas Tech alumni or affiliate who served in the military may be depicted on a purchased brick, paver or bench in the designated area. Non-military and the public can also sponsor a Texas Tech military or veteran, but all represented in the catwalk will be alumni or Texas Tech military and veteran affiliates.

The improvement comes as Texas Tech nears its centennial in 2023.

Memorial Circle, located near the main campus entrance, was established in 1948 to honor “All those whose service has brought honor to the college and the country.”

“The construction of the Military and Veteran Tribute Walk is versatile,” said Sierra Mello-Miles, director of military and veteran programs at Texas Tech. “It’s a great way for the Texas Tech community to remember that during the 1940s, pre-flight military training here at Tech was essential in establishing the strong military culture that still exists today. The Tribute Walk is a visual reminder that Texas Tech honors the sacrifices of those who have served and still serve in the armed forces.

To recognize a service member, a brick, cobblestone or bench can be purchased by visiting www.texastechalumni.org/VeteransTributeWalk.

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