LAKEWOOD, WASH. — Since 2008, Clover Park High School (CPHS) students and staff have organized an annual event called the Arlington Project honoring the fallen in America’s wars from the Revolutionary War to today. The opening ceremony for 2017’s Arlington Project will take place on Wednesday, May 23 at 5 p.m. at CPHS and the community is encouraged to attend.
In the spring, students create a striking visual on the front lawn of CPHS with thousands of individually placed white markers. The markers are staked into the lawn over a four-day period by students in more than 15 classes to honor the nearly 7,000 fallen from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Since its first year, the event has grown to include choir and band performances, student-created memorials of all of America’s conflicts, a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) performance of a formal retreat ceremony and re-creation of the tomb guard at Arlington National Cemetery, a special viewing of HBO’s “Taking Chance” and an opportunity for community members to create their own memorials on a Wall of Remembrance.
What: Opening Ceremony of the Arlington Project
When: Wednesday, May 23 at 5 p.m.
Where: Clover Park High School, 11023 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW
- Community Wall of Remembrance
- Choir and band performances
- Memorial displays
- JROTC reenactments
- Viewing of HBO’s “Taking Chance”
Guest speaker: 28th Legislative District Representative Dick Muri.