Ricks honors war dead

A memorial honoring 38 Ricks College alumni and students killed in battle has been dedicated in the Manwaring Student Center.

Elder L. Lionel Kendrick of the First Quorum of the Seventy and a counselor in the North America North West Area dedicated the memorial Nov. 11. The dedicatory ceremony was part of Ricks College's centennial celebration.The memorial consists of four plaques mounted on a wall in the west ballroom lounge of the student center. Each plaque lists names of Ricks alumni and students killed during World War I, World War II, the Korean Conflict and in Vietnam.

In an address before the dedicatory prayer, Elder Kendrick expressed hope that in dedicating the memorial "it is never necessary to add another section to it."

Also participating in the dedicatory ceremony were Ricks College Pres. Joe J. Christensen and Maj. Gen. Darrell V. Manning, Idaho's adjutant general. Representing families of the honorees were Lynda B. Mathews, whose husband, Michael George Brown, was killed in Vietnam, and Tommy Miyasaki, whose brother, Roy Miyasaki, was killed in Korea.

Pres. Christensen remembered friends and relatives who left his hometown of Banida, Idaho, for military service after Pearl Harbor was attacked on Dec. 7, 1941. Gen. Manning noted society's debt to "the students of this institution who laid aside their books and departed to defend the ideals of their country."

The service was conducted by Paul H. Kelly, president of the Ricks College Alumni Association. Kelly invited alumni to submit stories about Church and military service to the Ricks College Alumni Association for a permanent collection in the college's David O. McKay Library.

Music for the memorial's dedicatory ceremony was provided by the Ricks College Wind Ensemble, directed by Kendell Nielsen.

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