UW Gold Star Honor Roll tells stories of 903 veterans

Interactive kiosk provides stories of UW veterans

At a Veterans Day ceremony, the University of Wisconsin-Madison will rededicate the Gold Star Honor Roll that recognizes alumni who lost their lives while serving in active duty.

The electronic kiosk will continue to tell a story the university started in 1928 when wooden planks with the names of alumni killed in the Civil War, Spanish-American War and World War I were dedicated.

“We hope that students, when they walk through here, stop and think about that at least,” said Mark Guthier, director of the Wisconsin Union.

It took 1 1/2 years to research the names of UW alumni killed in active duty in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq and all other conflicts.

The project was funded by the alumni classes of 1963 and 1967, and the Memorial Union.

The interactive kiosk allows visitors to search veterans by name, hometown and graduating class.

Many of the veterans’ files include photos of them and information about where they were born, where they served and how they died.

“It really brings those names to life and helps remind all of us these people’s lives were cut short by their sacrifice,” said Guthier.

In an institution of learning, the hallway of the Memorial Union will now serve to teach.

“Before you could walk through this hall, and walk right by the planks and maybe net even notice them, and now even I as director won’t be able to do that. This will be a story right here that you’ll see as you walk by,” said Guthier.

The rededication of the Gold Star Honor Roll will take place at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Memorial Union. The ceremony is open to the public.

The UW Gold Star Honor Roll will also be available through website starting on Saturday. That website is: union.wisc.edu/goldstar