ECU To Remember Fallen Students

East Carolina University will honor three of its students who died serving in the military in a new memorial walk and freedom wall Tuesday.

The ceremony will honor Air Force Captain James Tant, Army First Lieutenant Frank Rice and Marine Corps Sergeant David Smith. Smith is a 2010 graduate who died in Afghanistan last year.

Click the Photos tab above to see a slide show of the honorees.

The men will be memorialized in brick pavers at the memorial walk and freedom wall on the ECU campus. The dedication ceremony is scheduled to start at 11 a.m.


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  • by Tyee Location: Hyde County on Apr 26, 2011 at 04:51 PM
    For Captain Tant primarily because as a Counsellor, knew him well, a relatively quiet young man, he did his work flawlessly. An honor to work with him and his classmates plus the angel flight and the ECU staff
  • by Anonymous on Apr 26, 2011 at 11:35 AM
    why only those 3? there have been others
  • by ECU68 Location: ENC on Apr 26, 2011 at 11:01 AM
    Very nice, makes me proud, Thank you!
  • by thank you Location: for your service on Apr 26, 2011 at 07:54 AM
    HEROS!!
  • by Gerry Location: Emerald City on Apr 26, 2011 at 05:51 AM
    Hello, They would be ECU Graduates or "former students" that died in service. Gerry, U.S.N., 1965-1969
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      by Tyee on Apr 26, 2011 at 06:55 PM in reply to Gerry
      Have some ideas but most of this has to come from the public, then confirmed by the Veterans Administration, graveyards with exact name of person. I wound up with PTSD but that does not qualify,also agent orange. Will try my best but what a project. Will try my best but will need some volunteers. okay AND need permission from ECU before starting. Clue if you see an American Flag on gravesite. That is a startin point for a list of names., etc., etc. Can not intrude on this without permission. People with better ideas, step forward please. No stepping on grave sites, sorry about typo (nervous).
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