Yates, WKU veterans to be honored Friday

Tessa Duvall

WKU will honor 1st Lt. Eric Yates and other military service members as a part of Veterans Day events on Friday.

Yates, a 2008 Army ROTC WKU graduate, was killed in Afghanistan on Sept. 18, 2010. Yates was a fire support officer for Company B, 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell.

A new granite panel at the Guthrie Bell Tower will be unveiled honoring Yates at a ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. He will then be inducted into the WKU ROTC Hall of Fame at 11:45 at the Kentucky Museum, alongside Lt. Col. Thomas Hightower of Bowling Green.

The ceremony and induction will be attended by members of the Yates family and 85 members of his unit from Fort Campbell.

Yates’ unit, along with 200 other people from campus, the community and the Hilltopper Battalion, will take part in a 5K run at 6:30 a.m. with proceeds benefitting the 1st Lt. Eric Yates Memorial Scholarship.

Also taking place on Friday will be the Remembrance Day National Roll Call at Mass Media and Technology Hall. During the event, more than 6,000 names will be read.