Posted: Nov 12, 2012 5:19 PM by Jacob Krasnow
Updated: Nov 12, 2012 5:19 PM
BATON ROUGE - On Veterans Day at Southern University, servicemen and women got a high-flying tribute in the form a balloon release at the Smith-Brown Memorial Student Union Courtyard.
"Veterans day, for us, is an opportunity to reflect upon what the military, and the sacrifices they've done, to support our country," said Lieutenant Commander Juan Rivera, Executive Naval Officer at Southern. "And this is a good opportunity for us to showcase the military at Southern University."
U.S. Air Force veteran Murphy Johnson was in that number Monday.
"The balloons were together. With all the different colors. They were together. And that's the real meaning of being a veteran, to know that you have contributed to that togetherness," said Johnson.
Johnson has worked at Southern for more than 25 years. Around the students, he practices what he says is another important part of service: passing the torch to a younger generation.
"I'm proud to be a veteran, and I try to represent that in the right way," said Johnson. "I like to talk to students, tell them something positive. This is something everyday. I am a United States Air Force abassador."