HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Luke Zamperini, the son of Olympian hero and World War II prisoner of war Louis Zamperini, will be the featured speaker at Hannibal-LaGrange University's 77th annual booster banquet at 7 p.m. Friday.
Zamperini's father was one of World War II's most well-known prisoners of war. He also was a hero in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.
Louis Zamperini was the subject of Laura Hillenbrand's 2010 book, "Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption," which reached the top spot on the New York Times Best Sellers list.
The book was subsequently made into the 2014 movie "Unbroken," directed by Angelina Jolie. The movie's sequel, "Unbroken: Path to Redemption," was released this fall.
Louis Zamperini died July 2, 2014, but Luke Zamperini continues to educate audiences about his father.
HLGU said in a press release that Zamperini will talk about how the discipline of athletics, scouting and education prepared Louis to survive at sea and helped him to endure cruelty and humiliation as a prisoner of war. Zamperini will identify key moments in his father's life that shaped and molded his own character, compelled him into a life of service and led him to a career in the field of emergency preparedness.
Tickets to the banquet can be bought online at HLG.edu/scom/payment-bb.php.
More information is available by calling the Office of Institutional Advancement at 573-629-3124 or Director of Alumni Services and Development Lauren Youse at 573-629-3126.