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News Service:

Annette Hacker, director,
(515) 294-3720

Office: (515) 294-4777

10-30-06

Contacts:

Kathy Svec, Memorial Union, (515) 294-2549, ksvec@iastate.edu

Dan Kuester, News Service, (515) 294-0704, kuester@iastate.edu

Memorial Union schedules ceremony to honor ISU's fallen in Iraq

Iowa State's Memorial Union has scheduled a ceremony for 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, to honor the university's two Iraq casualties. The pre-Veterans Day ceremony will begin in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union, then move to Gold Star Hall. A reception for the families will follow the ceremony. The public is invited.

Honored will be:

1st Lt. David L. Giaimo
Giaimo was a 2003 graduate of ISU's College of Business (majoring in finance) and a member of the ISU Army ROTC program. He was from Waukegan, Ill. Giaimo was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga. He died Aug. 12, 2005, in Tikrit, Iraq, when his Humvee hit a land mine. He was 24 years old.

Pfc. Eric P. Woods
Woods attended ISU from 1997 to 1999. He was originally from Urbandale, Iowa, and lived in Omaha with his wife, Jamie and son, Eric Scott. Woods was a combat medic assigned to Grim Troop, 2nd Squadron, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Carson, Colo. He died on July 9, 2005, in Tal 'Afar, Iraq, when his ambulance struck an improvised explosive device and overturned. He was in the area to evacuate a wounded soldier. He was 26 years old.

Since World War I, Iowa State's Memorial Union has maintained an active memorial for Iowa State students who have perished in military conflict. Named Gold Star Hall, it is located at the north entrance to the building.

The Memorial Union is located on Lincoln Way between Ash and Lynn avenues in Ames. Parking is available in the MU ramp.

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Quick look

David Giaimo and Eric Woods will be honored in a ceremony at the Memorial Union Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. The Iowa State alums are casualties of the war in Iraq and will join the memorial maintained in the MU's Gold Star Hall. The ceremony is open to the public.