Press Release

HLGU Roland Library Honors Alumni who served in WWII

Monday, July 7, 2014
by Rebecca Sneed

Hannibal-LaGrange University invites the public to the Roland Library to view a very special World War II display. The display, entitled "A Salute to Alumni who served in WWII," holds various artifacts from HLGU's alumni veterans and can be viewed through the end of July.

"The display is our way of saying thank you to our alumni and all who served in WWII," said Julie Andresen, Library Director. "We appreciate their sacrifice and hard work. We wish to remember those who have passed on and honor those still living. They are the reason we have the freedom we have today, and it never hurts to be reminded of that once in a while."

The display case is located on the north wall of the library and holds a VE day edition of the St. Louis Post Dispatch, papers, draft cards, letters sent to service men upon completion of the war, war-related articles from the HLGU scrapbook, and photos of various alumni who served in the war.

The display also holds information on the flight school that HLGU had in the summer of 1942 for Army pilots in training.

"In part of the display, pictures of HLG alumni are spread against a backdrop of the VE edition of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. It is my hope that visitors will get the sense of the part HLG played in a major world event," said Andresen.

The theme of the display case changes every month and with July being a very patriotic month, Andresen wanted to something nice for the aging service men and women.

"Many of the WWII vets are getting older, so we chose to focus on them this year. Next year is really the 70th anniversary of the end of the war, but why wait?" she said.

The display is open to the public for viewing during regular library hours, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8 am to 6 pm, Wednesday from 8 am to 5 pm, and Friday from 8 am to 4 pm. For more information on the display, contact the Roland Library at 573-629-3123, or via email at library@hlg.edu.

Contact Information

Carolyn Carpenter
Director of Public Relations