When the Memorial Union opened in 1928, the names of the Iowa Staters who died in World War I were carved into the walls. In 1969, the names of WWII casualties were mounted on two bronze doors in the zodiac foyer. In 1984, the bronze doors were removed, and the names from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam were engraved into the limestone inside Gold Star Hall. In subsequent years, additional names were engraved for WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam and the USS Liberty, as well as Somalia, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
Gold Star Hall embodies the memorium that the entire building represents. The Gold Star Hall Ceremony honors Iowa State students who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.
It will truly be a special event as we commemorate three Iowa State students who made the ultimate sacrifice. After the program, there will be a reception with food and drink, along with displays of personal items from each honoree.
Students in attendance will receive extra credit for attending this lecture if registered through their class.