How will you mark Memorial Day 2016? Clover Park High School’s history teacher David Russell reminds you to make time to stop by the school’s annual Arlington Project that blankets the school lawn as it has done annually since 2007-08.
The sight of approximately 6,800 white markers, representing soldiers who’ve died in America’s recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as other wars, is one way the school commemorates their sacrifice.Russell and P.E. Instructor Bryan Winkler coordinate this yearly project.
Beginning May 23 at 7:30 a.m. and continuing until 4:30 p.m. that afternoon, as well as on Tuesday, 600 students in Grades 9-12 placed these markers, replicating those that cover the grounds at Arlington Cemetery, outside Washington, D. C.
Besides the markers and flags outside the school, there’s a display of Arlington memorabilia set up inside.
The local Memorial service begins at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 25. Dr. Gary Newbill, a Viet Nam veteran, is the guest speaker for the program that continues inside, following the ½ hour outdoor event.
“Taking Chance.” will be shown in the Performing Arts Center at 6 p.m. The program also includes music by the CPHS Band, as well as student displays of other wars. The public is invited to attend.
“I hope, said Russell, “that the auditorium is filled to capacity for this event.”
Because the film runs 1 hr. 10 min. it may not be appropriate for small children, he added.Print This Post