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While Morris says he is not as connected to the veterans office, he says he still tries to stay involved with the Veterans Memorial as the manager for memorial fund which helped build the memorials and continues to sustain them. The Veterans Memorial Fund also serves as an endowment to maintain the memorials and help add new names, maintain grounds and replace the flags. It also helps add new names and memorials such as the Fallen Soldiers Cross Memorial. The Fallen Soldiers Cross Memorial, located in Memorial Plaza, was unveiled in 2017 and honors soldiers who took their own lives, bringing awareness to the rising suicide rate among veterans. The memorial is a traditional upside- down rifle, boots and helmet enclosed in an open steel sphere with dog tags hung inside the sphere, and represents the global issue of veteran suicide. “We wanted to bring some closure to those families that were involved with that and let them know we understood their pain and wanted to recognize the service of those individuals. Even though they didn’t die of combat, they died of combat,” Morris said. Robert “Bob” Miller, a former history professor at EKU and Vietnam medic veteran, committed suicide in 2008 after a long battle with post traumatic stress disorder and is honored at the Fallen Soldiers Memorial. “To my understanding, he (Miller) said, ‘It wasn’t the people he was able to save, it was the ones he had to choose not to save,’” Morris quoted. Kenneth Carter Jr., an Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam, will be added to the Fallen Soldiers Memorial this Veteran’s Day after suffering long- lasting effects from Agent Orange, the chemical used to defoliate Vietnam fields, that took his life through cancer. “Is that sacrifice still connected to their service? Yes,” Morris said. “We add those names. The wall is not just about dying in combat, but it’s about dying in service, or of service,” Morris said. This past Veteran’s Day, the centennial of the armistice of World War I, four World War I veterans’ names were be added to the memorial. The four names were discovered inadvertently in the EKU Archives while a student was looking for information for a display in the library. One of the veterans, Alexander Conrad Cornelison, who was an Army engineer is a former student of Central University (later EKU). Chief Quartermaster Eugene Roark of the Navy, another WWI veteran is the youngest son of the first EKU president, President Roark and second president, President Mary Roark. Corporal Patrick Hall of the Army and Sergeant Albert Leon “Lee” Shearer are also honored at the memorial. “My passion for veterans has always been to help where I find ways to help and the Veterans Memorial provides a lot of closure for families when they are involved in it. If you were to write a story, it should be about these veterans,” Morris said. FOOT PAIN CENTER FREE Foot Scan We offer Aristokraft, Waypoint, Diamond, & Decora brand cabinets.  We have something for everyone at every price point. • Cabinets • Flooring • Windows • Doors • Appliances •Building Materials Foot problems are common in millions of Americans. Our level of activity and work load force us to overuse our feet, so proper support and shoe fitting are essential. Meet Soft Shoe’s Albert Foot Scanner. Albert is the latest technology foot scanning system, by Aetrex Worldwide Inc. This new and improved technology represents a major leap in foot health analysis from their iStep Foot Scanner. Aetrex saw the need to improve their foot scanner because other devices on the market would measure one or more aspects of the foot, but nothing had all the foot scanning analysis in a single system. Exceptional Technology. Measure pressure and sizing, conducts 3-D imaging, assesses pronation and has the ability to track gait. How does Albert accomplish this? This foot scanner, features 18 digital cameras, 960 infrared LEDs and receptors, and over 5,000 gold plated barometric sensors. Foot Health Guarantee When you purhase a pair of Aetrex Lynco Orthotic Insoles, we offer a 30 day unconditional comfort guarantee. If you are not satisfied for any reason, bring your Lynco Insoles back to Soft Shoe for a full refund within 30 days of purchase. 474 Eastern Bypass | Richmond | Behind Big Lots 859-623-8230 | Hours: Mon. - Fri. 7:30 am - 5 pm, Sat. 7:30 am - 1 pm, Closed Sun. Trained Staff to Assist Your Needs! Locally Owned & Operated • EKU Bypass Light #9 OPEN Mon.-Fri. 10 to 8, Sat. 9 to 8, Sun. 1:30 to 6 623-8561 • PARK AT OUR DOOR WINTER 2018 Madison Living 15