Spotlight: Help Us Honor Fallen Heroes

Spotlight: Help Us Honor Fallen Heroes

Date Published:
Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Our American service men and women defend our basic freedoms, and we, as a University, want to show our gratitude for our UNC Charlotte “Fallen Heroes.”

And we need your help.

We are looking for the names of any UNC Charlotte students, alumni, faculty or staff members who have lost their lives in military service to our country.

A Fallen Heroes memorial plaque is being designed and will be installed in the Main Lobby of Memorial Hall, which now houses the Air Force and Army ROTC programs. Special citations will be displayed with the plaque, individually honoring each of UNC Charlotte’s Fallen Heroes. Chancellor Philip L. Dubois will host a special ceremony in late spring of 2011 to unveil and formally dedicate the new Fallen Heroes Memorial.

In the meantime, we want to identify as many of our Fallen Heroes as possible. The criteria for inclusion on the memorial are:

  • Must have served honorably on active duty or in the reserves of any branch of the United States armed forces — Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or Coast Guard.
  • Must have lost his or her life while in military service, including a determination of “killed in action” or “missing in action.”
  • Must have attended courses at UNC Charlotte. (This may include, but is not limited to, courses in Military or Aerospace Science.)
  • Or must have served in a full-time capacity on the faculty or staff of UNC Charlotte.
  • Must be nominated for inclusion by an immediate family member or other appropriate individual such as a fellow service member or commander.
  • The time frame can be as far back as 1946, the year that the University was founded as the Charlotte Center.

If you know of someone who fits the above criteria (even if you are not a family member), please send his or her name and military service information to det592@uncc.edu, or call 704-687-8100. If you have information about any surviving family members of the Fallen Hero, please send that information also. And be sure you send your contact information in case we have questions.

“The importance that the University has placed on this project displays the resolve and support the community has for those who have served and are still serving today,” said Maj. Scott Siegfried, assistant professor of military science, Army ROTC. “This new memorial plaque will remind us of what composer and lyricist Randy Vader once wrote, ‘The story of America’s quest for freedom is inscribed on her history in the blood of her patriots.’”

For questions about the Fallen Heroes Memorial, please contact Siegfried at ssiegfr1@uncc.edu or 704-687-8698.

Photo courtesy of Anthony Citro Photography.