Typically, you can spot them by their walk – tall, strong and straightforward – but at graduation Saturday you’ll know the student veterans at Florida State University by their red, white and blue honor cords.
The cords are FSU’s way of saluting its 32 veterans and graduates of the university’s Army and Air Force ROTC programs.
“The cord is important because it is worn by someone who wrote a check payable in an amount up to and including their life to the people of the United States of America. It is a salute to this most honorable commitment,” said Col. Billy Francis, director of the Florida State Veterans Center, in a written release.
For veteran student Phil Lennon, president of the FSU chapter of the Collegiate Veterans Association, the cord is a symbol of double achievement, serving the country and reintegrating into the civilian community.
The red, white and blue honor cords are used by many other universities including:
- Texas State University-San Marcos
- University of Alaska, Anchorage
- North Carolina State University
- Youngstown State University