The middle of the Quad was transformed with the placement of the Wall of Remembrance, which commemorated the fallen veterans and innocent American lives lost from tragedies and wars through many generations.
One side of the wall displayed a timeline which focused on many key events. The timeline began with the 1983 Beirut barracks bombings which killed many American servicemen; continuing onto events such as the 9/11 bombings of the Twin Towers, the beginning of the War on Terrorism, and the inauguration of President Obama.
The opposite side of the wall served as a memorial, honoring those who lost their lives in the Desert Shield/Storm, 9/11 attacks, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.
“An important part of our Centennial history is the service that was given to our country by the men and women who were in the military all these hundred years,” said Bob Jensen, Dean of Fine Arts.
He went on to say that many of the original classes of Fullerton College serviced people after World War I and World War II and many of these wars including the War on Terror have included Fullerton College students.
“Everything you see right here is true. It happened, these are our guys who went out there and stood up for our rights,” said Jon LaFleur, a veteran and member of the Patriot Guard Riders.
The riders provided the full motorcycle escort that accompanied the Wall of Remembrance onto FC’s campus on Monday, Nov. 4.
The Patriot Guard Riders are an organization that originated after the Westboro Baptist Church began protesting at many veterans’ funerals. They shield the attendees of the funeral from Westboro protesters by riding their motorcycles or holding up the American flag.
Jensen also said that the wall was made possible through a Centennial partnership with the Veterans Club, Wells Fargo and the Global War on Terror Wall of Remembrance by Vision 2 Victory, a non-profit organization.