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Aztecs Honor Vets During SDSU Homecoming

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    A salute for the fallen at the 15th annual War Memorial wreath-laying ceremony on Aztec Green.

    San Diego State University students killed in action were remembered Friday as part of the university's homecoming events.

    "Taps" could be heard on campus as a remembrance ceremony was held on the lawn next to the trolley station near the Parma Payne Goodall Alumni Center..

    Participants expressed gratitude for the sacrifices of students on the battlefield.

    SDSU Student Veterans Organizer Nathaniel Donnely, a veteran himself, said it's important to remember those who served their country.

    "This is kind of the recognition that we do know what you all have done and we thank you," he said.

    Different student organizations gave a wreath for the war memorial to acknowledge their respect for the fallen.

    On the memorial itself, dedicated in 1996, there are the names of 222 former SDSU students lost in service during their country during World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

    San Diego State University is the highest ranked university in California, ranking 30th among 100 universities nationwide for military vets preparing for the next phase of their lives, according to the campus Veterans Center.