OGDEN, Utah –With the approach of Memorial Day weekend, Weber State University’s Emeriti Alumni Association continues its search for alumni and former faculty and staff who served during World War II, especially those killed in action and those who have died since the end of the conflict.
The association will honor Weber State’s World War II veterans during Homecoming, Oct. 20-25.
“We’ve heard from more than 400 veterans since we made our first appeal in March, but that still leaves hundreds unaccounted for,” said Jim Hurst, chairman of a committee planning the event. To that end, the association is asking family members of WSU veterans who were killed in action, or who have died since, to contact WSU.
The alumni association has extended the deadline to submit names of WSU veterans, contact information, and war stories through June 15. Alumni include any veteran who served in the military between Dec. 7, 1941 and Aug. 19, 1945 and attended Weber State for any length of time before, during or after the war.
"We owe a debt of gratitude to those of that era who served so unselfishly, often in harm's way, to preserve the precious freedoms we enjoy today," Hurst said.
Anyone who has information about these individuals, both living and deceased, should contact WSU Alumni Association by phone at (801) 626-7535, e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail at Alumni Association, Weber State University, 3701 University Circle, Ogden, UT 84408-3701.
In addition to honoring veterans, organizers hope to publish a collection of veterans’ memories and display war-related memorabilia.