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The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets honored Veterans Day and the service of our nation’s veterans on Nov. 10, beginning with a remembrance ceremony at the War Memorial. Professor of Aerospace Studies Col. Cameron Torrens, who oversees Air Force ROTC Detachment 875, spoke. That afternoon, the Corps held a special ceremony to add the name of the late Luther James Doss Jr. of the Virginia Tech Class of 1970 to the Honor Pylon. Doss was killed in action on April 30, 1970, in the Binh Dinh Province of South Vietnam while trying to rescue eight soldiers who were surrounded by attacking forces.

Cadets from Echo Company maintained a vigil at War Memorial Court.

A cadet stands guard at the Pylons at night
Cadets from Echo Company maintained a vigil at War Memorial Court.

Color guard cadets prepared to raise the flag during morning formation.

Color guard cadets prepared to raise the flag during morning formation.
Color guard cadets prepared to raise the flag during morning formation.

A wreath is placed at the cenotaph during the Veterans Day remembrance ceremony at War Memorial Court.

A wreath is placed at the cenotaph during the Veterans Day remembrance ceremony at War Memorial Court.
A wreath is placed at the cenotaph during the Veterans Day remembrance ceremony at War Memorial Court.

The name of Luther James Doss Jr. VT’70 was added to the Honor Pylon.

Women look at the new name on the Honor Pylon.
The name of Luther James Doss Jr. VT’70 was added to the Honor Pylon.

The Doss family in attendance included, from left, his widow, Barbara Doss Rookstool; son, David Doss; and grandchildren, Summer and James.

The Doss family in attendance included, from left, his widow, Barbara Doss Rookstool; son, David Doss; and grandchildren, Summer and James.
The Doss family in attendance included, from left, his widow, Barbara Doss Rookstool; son, David Doss; and grandchildren, Summer and James.

The colors are lowered during a formal retreat ceremony.

The colors are lowered during a formal retreat ceremony.
The colors are lowered during a formal retreat ceremony.