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Knox College Honors Veterans

Knox College

Knox College will honor former students and faculty who gave their lives fighting for their country. On Friday it will dedicate a memorial on the campus in Galesburg.

The "99 Lives Gold Star Memorial" features an interactive display, and an online database, with information about those who died in World Wars I and II, Korea, and Vietnam.

It's the result of more than six years of historical research by Knox College staff and students, along with several alumni volunteers.

It now has 102 names, with 18 from World War I, 65 from World War II, nine from Korea, and ten from Vietnam. Half of the veterans grew up in west-central Illinois, including 22 who listed Galesburg as their hometown.

A dedication ceremony for the new memorial will be held on Friday at 11 am, in Kresge Hall, Ford Center for the Fine Arts. Additional names will be added as research continues

The database is accessible at https://www.knox.edu/99lives

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois. While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS. Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.