Knox College Honors Veterans
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