Gold Star Hall at Iowa State University

AMES, Ia. – After what seemed liked years (three years, really), I found myself back on my campus last weekend to meet up with some friends. We were to meet at the Memorial Union, the central hub of activity on campus. It was graduation weekend, and handfuls of people about in caps and gowns walked about. So much had changed since I graduated 12 years ago. The bookstore was in a different location (I think) and looked lots bigger. I found my way to the food court, which was just all the rave when I was a student, and then headed upstairs. The Great Hall had a fancier entrance, decorated with names of what I guess were some major donors. I turned to exit toward the fountain, and that’s where I stopped.

Gold Star Hall precedes the outward entrance of the MU. It is a war memorial that I’ve walked through hundreds of times as a student. But this time I saw it with a fresh set of eyes, after so many years – alone, without the rush of students walking through it. The stained glass, the names etched on the wall from World War I, the newest section naming the students who died during combat in Iraq – it was all a melancholy place of remembrance and beauty.

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