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Memorial wall dedicated at UW-Stout

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Menomonie (WQOW) - More than 50 years after the UW-Stout student center was dedicated to fallen military members, a new memorial wall now shares the stories of those veterans.

"I think it's great that they keep the memory alive of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice," said Barb Wulf, who made the trip for the ceremony from Madison.

With a picture, and a short bio, UW-Stout gave former students and staff who died serving our country a new place of honor on campus Friday.

"It was really nice to see my uncle's face, and to see the biography. To know that other people will be looking at that," Wulf added.

Some of the visitors on hand were just friend; others were fraternity brothers who met each other for the first time on campus.

"In some of the homecoming activities, John would always carry one of the queens or princesses in the back of his convertible. He was that kind of guy. He was a likeable all around guy," said Bernie Howaniec from Waukesha.

There are a total of 40 names so far on the memorial. Its a project that's been more than a year in the making.

"Tracking back information all the way to 1918 can be challenging. Not only university records. Military records, family records, trying to develop a story of each individual," said Darrin Witucki, Memorial Student Center Director.

The wall is more than just a memorial for friends and family members. It's also a sort of history lesson for students who walk through the Memorial Student Center doors each day.

"I think it's important that the students here have an opportunity to walk the hall and read the circumstances of each one of the deceased veterans," Howaniec said.

The memorial costs $5,000, which came from donations and foundation funds. The school says more plaques will be added once the names and information have been verified.

 
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Menomonie (Press Release) -- A memorial wall that honors students, faculty and staff who died while serving their country will be dedicated Friday, Oct. 18, at University of Wisconsin-Stout.
 
The wall will be unveiled during a ceremony at 11:30 a.m. on the first floor of the Memorial Student Center. A total of 40 men, dating to World War I, have been identified and will be honored with individual plaques.
 
The project is tied to the name of the Memorial Student Center, which originally was dedicated in 1959 to all students and employees who died while in the military. A marble plaque was installed at that time, but a list of the fallen never was completed because of missing and incomplete records.
 
"The memorial's time is long overdue," said Darrin Witucki, University Centers director. "It makes the Memorial Student Center more complete."
 
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