Luther College will create an interactive, multimedia touch-screen display on campus to honor and recognize Luther alumni who have served in the United States military. A $1,000 grant from the American Legion of Iowa Foundation on Sept. 12 makes the project possible.
In addition to paying tribute to Luther veterans, the Veterans Memorial Registry and Recognition Display will enable the college to honor those alumni who currently serve and those who will serve the U.S. military in the future. Luther has nearly 1,350 alumni veterans, 530 of whom are living.
Unlike a traditional plaque or monument that captures a moment in time, Luther's veterans registry 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. The college will also use the web-based registry to promote special alumni veteran events and share news of awards and recognition bestowed upon alumni veterans and those currently serving on active duty.
Jim Penning, a Luther senior and computer science major from Northfield, Minn., devoted much of his summer to work on this project. He collaborated with staff from Luther's Library and Information Services and the Alumni/Development office.
"Luther's alumni veterans are excited to see this project come to fruition," said Luther President Richard Torgerson. "The college is grateful to the American Legion of Iowa Foundation for supporting this well-deserved recognition of their military service."
The American Legion of Iowa Foundation, incorporated on Nov. 29, 1978, as the charitable entity of the Iowa Department of the American Legion, was organized as a way for the Legion to provide financial assistance to promote Americanism, youth programs, veterans rehabilitation and community service in the state of Iowa. Since 1979, more than $1.4 million has been contributed in support of veterans' assistance, educational programs, patriotic endeavors and youth programs.
The college hopes to dedicate the Luther College Veterans Memorial Registry and Recognition Display on Saturday, Nov. 10 as part of Veterans Day.