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LSUA to Sponsor Celebration for 101st Airborne Anniversary

Released: 08/01/2007

In honor of the 65th Anniversary of the 101st Airborne Division, LSUA will host a historic celebration on Tuesday, August 7.

Tom Czekanski, director of collections and exhibits at the National World War II Museum, will be the distinguished speaker of the program, which begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Alexandria Museum of Art.

“Tom Czekanski has spent the better part of his life dedicated to both preserving and studying the past," Dr. Christopher Stacey, LSUA assistant professor of history, said. "He is an authority on World War II, the men, uniforms and equipment that were used to fight it.”

The program, which celebrates Central Louisiana’s rich military heritage, will emphasize the founding of the 101st Airborne Division on August 16, 1942, at Camp Claiborne, La.

LSUA Professor of History and Political Science Dr. Jerry Sanson will also speak on the essential role that Central Louisiana had in preparing American troops for war by training at places such as Camps Beauregard, Livingston, Claiborne and Polk.

Congressman Rodney Alexander, General Bennett Landreneau and Alexandria Mayor Jacques Roy are scheduled to welcome the speakers.

Other partners for this program include the National World War II Museum, Alexandria Museum of Art and LSUA Continuing Education. Other sponsors include Alexandria/Pineville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, City of Alexandria, City of Pineville, Camp Moore Historic Site, Don. F. Pratt Memorial Museum, Louisiana National Guard, Louisiana Maneuvers and Military Museum and Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Those interested in attending this free program are encouraged to pre-register by visiting LSUA’s Continuing Education Web site at ce.lsua.edu.

For more information, contact Jim Rogers at 318-427-4495 or jrogers@lsua.edu, or Greg Gormanous at 318-473-6470 or jsmith@lsua.edu.