Layout Grid (for development purposes)

LSUA HEADLINES

LSU Alexandria military history celebration to feature World War II Iwo Jima combat veteran

Released: 10/04/2012

The sixth annual LSU Alexandria military history celebration and symposium, honoring the 70th anniversary of the founding of the U.S. Army’s Airborne Division, will be held Friday, Nov. 16, 2012.   The purpose of this annual event is to honor and remember the founding of the 101st Airborne Division on August 16th, 1942, at Camp Claiborne. This event will also showcase Central Louisiana’s importance as a military hub for training thousands of soldiers who fought in World War II and served at Camps Beauregard, Polk, and Livingston.   LSU Alexandria and the National World War II Museum will sponsor the symposium, which begins at 6 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Brumfield Caffey Annex Ballroom on LSU Alexandria’s campus.     The event, entitled “Remembering the Airborne in the Pacific Theater” will feature two guest speakers - Al Wilson, a World War II Iwo Jima combat veteran, and Thomas Czekanski, Head of Collections for the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.   This event is free and open to the general public, and a reception with light refreshments will follow the program.   For more information, contact Dr. Christopher Stacey at 318-427-4483, or cstacey@lsua.edu.