To commemorate the centennial of the end of World War I, UCF students and historians who have been participating in the UCF’s Veterans Legacy Program gathered for a commemoration in St. Augustine on November 29. The group of students and historians from UCF gave a presentation on the school’s collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Several news organizations covered the event, held at the St. Augustine National Cemetery where 2,823 war veterans are buried.
“It highlights our students’ unique experiences, our strengths in digital and public history, as well as our cutting-edge approaches to research, says Dr. Amelia Lyons, associate professor in the Department of History and principal investigator leading VLP.
Coverage of the commemoration includes:
- Jacksonville Times Union: A century after WWI’s end, UCF researchers tell stories of soldiers who served
- St. Augustine Record: Digital technology brings centuries-old gravestones to life at St. Augustine National Cemetery
- Action News Jax: Fox 30 Broadcast on 11/30/2018 at 04:35AM
- First Coast News Jax: UCF program brings spirits of WWI to life
- News 4 Jax: Students, historians remember 100th anniversary of end of WWI
In addition, VLP has three radio spots on “Florida Frontiers” that have either already aired or will air on syndicated NPR programs across the state. “The first episode has already led to potential partners reaching out to us,” comments Lyons. Hear the first “Florida Frontiers” spot from November 16: The Veterans Legacy Program in St. Augustine.
Launched in 2016, the Veterans Legacy Program is funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs and aims to memorialize veterans’ service to the nation by conducting research about their lives and sharing their stories with students and the general public.