The Indiana University Army, Air Force, and Police Academy came together this morning to show their support of veterans. Before the sun came up the three groups met at IU’s Track and Field Stadium. In addition to competing in events like the long jump, shot put and 100 meter sprints, participants also enjoyed a rare opportunity to meet their service counterparts.
“The Patriot Games is actually kind of interesting because it shows the purple of the future,” said Air Force ROTC Cadet Captain Alex Sigler. “It’s when Army and Air Force work together and join forces – and one day in the future, we will have to do that.”
All the morning’s events were in honor of the nation’s veterans….whether it be those who have served, are currently serving, or who plan to serve in the future.
Jim Gordon is the Cadet Battalion Commander for IU ROTC. “Without any of the sacrifices made by veterans in the past we obviously wouldn’t enjoy any of the freedoms we have today. I mean one can only imagine if we didn’t have people who stepped up and sacrificed what our everyday lives right now would be like,” said Gordon.
According to ROTC officials, even with two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan they are actually seeing an increase in people interested in pursuing a career in the military. In fact, the commander of IU’s Army ROTC program Lt. Col. Mike Ogden said numbers have never been higher.
“So the quality of these young men and women and those who are in our program doesn’t represent a desperation of a program trying to get whoever they can to join- it’s just the opposite.”