It came to be known later as Memorial Day, but Decoration Day was established in 1868 as a time for America to honor its war dead.
It took on an entirely different meaning recently at EKU, where the Delta Zeta sorority budgeted $225 as well as its members’ time and talents to make a transitional apartment more attractive for military veteran students in need of temporary housing.
The idea came to the sorority after it participated in a recent Honor Flight, where World War II veterans are flown to Washington, D.C., to visit the World War II Memorial.
“The impact that experience had on our women was amazing, and we wanted to continue to give back to the men and women who fought for our freedom,” said Taylor Cecil, president of the EKU chapter.
Twenty-four Delta Zeta members volunteered to assist with the decorating, some shopping for items to spruce up the décor and the others working at the apartment at 806 Brockton on Tuesday, Oct. 6. Members’ parents also helped donate items for the project.
Student veterans generally stay in transitional housing from three to five days until a more permanent solution to their housing needs is located. The EKU Office of Military and Veterans Affairs has partnered with Kentucky River Foothills to provide long-term housing assistance to student veterans.
“The condition of the unit was rather austere, and it was the goal of the Office to make it a more livable and cheerful place to stay during a hard time in the lives of these student veterans,” said Dr. Bryan Cole, director of the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs. “I believe this is a great example of non-traditional partners working together for a good cause.”