VILLANOVA, Pa.—Villanova University has announced the launch of a new Villanova Veterans History Project that will honor and share the stories of Villanova’s living veterans, as well as Villanovans killed in service. A collaboration between the University’s Office of Veterans and Military Members and Falvey Memorial Library’s Distinctive Collections and Digital Engagement Department, the project seeks to capture the unique voices and stories of veterans with connections to Villanova through digital recordings. It also features an interactive memorial map that honors Villanovans who have died in service to their country.
“This initiative illustrates the strong bond that Villanova has with service to the country and will bear witness to those stories,” said Michael Brown, Director of Villanova’s Office of Veterans and Military Service Members and an Army Veteran. “As part of this project, we sought to honor both living veterans and Villanovans killed in service.”
Voices of Villanova’s Veterans
The “Voices of Villanova’s Veterans” is an oral history project that will capture the stories of veterans with connections to Villanova through digital recordings, archive them, and make them available to family members, friends and the public. To date, the team has digitized interviews with 17 Villanova Veterans.
Honoring the Fallen: An Interactive Memorial Map
The interactive memorial map will display the names of Villanova veterans killed in service, along with their branch of service, location and year of death. For those veterans reported missing in action, the design team mapped the nearest location of where they were last seen. The map includes pins scattered across the globe—with each pin bringing up a person’s name, pictures, details surrounding the service member and the circumstance surrounding their death.
“We want to honor the life and sacrifice of Villanovans who have been killed in service to their country,” added Brown. “Through extensive research and collaboration, our team created an interactive memorial map that will memorialize and remember the service of these Villanovans. In doing so, we hope to educate present and future generations about the cost of freedom and Villanova’s legacy of service.”
To visit the Voices of Villanova's Veterans website, click here.
Villanova will host a launch event and reception for "The Voices of Villanova's Veterans" project on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 4:30 p.m., in the Speakers' Corner at Falvey Memorial Library.
Villanova has a proud history of military service. Its Naval Reserve Officer Training Corp includes more than 90 Navy and Marine Corps midshipmen, under the advisement of a staff of highly trained and motivated Sailors and Marines. The program has produced more Navy Admirals and Marine Corps Generals than any other institution outside of the Naval Academy. The University also has an Army ROTC program, the Dauntless Battalion, which trains and produces top level Cadets to serve as Army officers.