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NAHS pays tribute to veterans

Posted: May 13, 2014 - 4:21pm
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Lynda Oswald (from left), senior Naval Science instructor, Ken Beck and North Augusta High School Principal John Murphy cut the ribbon to officially open the new Veterans Memorial at North Augusta High School.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN /STAFF
MICHAEL HOLAHAN /STAFF
Lynda Oswald (from left), senior Naval Science instructor, Ken Beck and North Augusta High School Principal John Murphy cut the ribbon to officially open the new Veterans Memorial at North Augusta High School.

A reminder of the contributions veterans have made through their service now sits near the flagpole in front of North Augusta High School.

The Veterans Memorial is a part of Project H.O.M.A.G.E., a project that began in 2012 as a joint effort between the school’s Future Business Leaders of America members and Navy JROTC unit.

The memorial was dedicated Thursday in a ceremony featuring students from both student organizations and the school’s band and choir. Local veterans also attended to see the memorial and witness the ribbon cutting.

Bill Beard, United States Navy Master Chief Petty Officer (retired), spoke to those in attendance about what it means to be a veteran and recognized those who have served and plan to serve in the future. Beard is a 1977 graduate of North Augusta High and was a participant in the school’s NJROTC program.

Joey Baldwin, a graduate of North Augusta High and one of the students who began working on the project in 2012, said it meant a lot to see it all come together.

In addition to the Veterans Memorial, the group also made presentations in local schools and in the community about the importance of honoring military members and veterans, he said.

“I’m just impressed with everything, how everything came together,” he said.

The ceremony was an emotional one, said FBLA member Jacqueline Phillips.

“I got chills the whole time,” she said, adding that she was glad to see a number of local veterans come out in support.

The placement of the memorial will be a constant reminder about the important role military members and veterans have in our society, said fellow students Zane Stripling and Nick Butler.

“It will foster patriotism, not just for us, but for future students as well,” said Zane.

“We want students to be ever mindful of the sacrifices that have been made by our military members,” added Nick.

The memorial includes brick pavers with names of veterans. Those interested in purchasing a brick to be placed in the memorial can contact Lynda Oswald at loswald@aikencounty
publicschools.net or visit
projecthomage.com.

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