Luther College will host "A Journey to Freedom," a special Veterans Day program at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 in the college's Center for Faith and Life Main Hall.
The program is open to the public with no charge for admission.
The program features a number of speakers, including Vice Admiral Adam Robinson, Surgeon General of the Navy, retired, Captain Paul Jacobs, commander of the USS Kirk, retired, and Jan Herman, Naval Historian, retired.
The program also includes a showing of "The Lucky Few," a film that documents the humanitarian efforts of the USS Kirk to remove more than 30,000 at-risk Vietnamese and American civilians from South Vietnam in the final days of the Vietnam War.
Micheal Foster, a sophomore at Decorah High School, helped coordinate the program. Ever since he heard the story of the USS Kirk in eighth grade, Foster has been deeply invested in researching and publicizing it.
Foster's efforts in publicizing the little known story have earned him an award for his history project in the National History Day competition, a Youth Leader Award from the Vietnamese, and a position as an honorary crew member of the USS Kirk.
As part of Luther's continued dedication to honoring its veterans the college has obtained a grant from the American Legion of Iowa Foundation to create an interactive, multimedia touch-screen display on campus. The unveiling of the display will take place at 12 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 in the Loyalty Hall Boardroom.
The Veterans Memorial Registry and Recognition Display will be web-accessible, to provide a dynamic information display with flexibility to add stories, photos, videos and other historical information on an ongoing basis.