Lincoln High School's Veteran Memorial

Posted: 1/15/2010 Categories: District News
A yearlong student-driven project, "To Serve and To Honor," motivated young adults, teachers and the G-J community to raise awareness of the impact military veterans have on our lives, and to build a lasting and stunning memorial in their honor. Initially, 16 Lincoln High School graduates who gave their lives for freedom were honored at the Lincoln High School (LHS) Veterans Memorial Dedication on November 3, 2006. Over $208,000 was raised including donated materials to create the memorial that features twenty, 10-foot-high granite columns and 38 granite benches. The memorial is located on the front lawn of the Gahanna-Jefferson School District’s high school.

The dedication had Brigadier General Jeffery Horne, a LHS alumnus (1976), as a featured speaker. Horne, who at the time of the dedication was serving our nation in Iraq, made a special trip home to speak for our veterans honored at the memorial. A letter from President George W. Bush extending greetings from The White House was part of the pageantry.

The memorial project itself is a remarkable story. Designed by the Eastland-Fairfield architecture class housed at Lincoln High School, the emblems of each military branch are engraved on the perimeter columns, and inscribed on the inner columns are 19 names of those who lost their lives serving in WW II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the current War in Iraq. A plaza with 80 engraved pavers and 38 engraved benches is also part of the memorial, making the site an inspirational learning environment that invokes respect and reflection for students and the community.

The "To Serve and To Honor" project started in September 2005 when three LHS teachers received a grant from the National Council for Social Studies, which trained them in engaging students in service learning projects. Students brainstormed ideas to raise school and community awareness of how military veterans have impacted their lives, past and present, and to raise support for local veterans as well as for those in the community who are currently serving in combat.

The students outlined a variety of ways to honor veterans. The project primarily involved four key elements: historical research–recording the stories of local veterans and those on the home front, and researching the names of LHS students lost in service; communication–interviewing veterans, servicemen/women and families, informing others by publishing the interviews/research, and creating a 60-minute documentary showcasing these stories of which portions were used in an A&E documentary; memorial–designing, architecting and planning a memorial to honor all LHS veterans, with special significance to those who have lost their lives in service to the country; and community support–enlisting support for the memorial, developing and teaching lessons for elementary students, informing the community of their activities, and finding ways to support local deployed troops and their families.

The project was successful beyond imagination. "To the best of our collective knowledge this is the largest scale veterans memorial of any high school in the country," said Dale Foor, Gahanna-Jefferson coordinator of community service. "It's been an unbelievable collaborative effort linking students and educators with business partners, civic groups and supportive citizens across the community in a collective effort to pay tribute to our veterans—past, present and future."
 
Since that time, it was discovered that three additional veterans needed to be added to the ranks of the honored. Each year since the dedication, a memorial ceremony is held the week of Veterans Day allowing new generations of students to be aware of the enormous sacrifice given by Gahanna Lincoln's finest. It is also common that former students and community members can be seen visiting the Memorial Plaza and pay their respects.

Please take time to come to the school and walk the plaza, read the inscriptions and extend your appreciation to all who have served with honor.     

Lincoln High School's Veteran Memorial

Posted: 1/15/2010 Categories: District News
A yearlong student-driven project, "To Serve and To Honor," motivated young adults, teachers and the G-J community to raise awareness of the impact military veterans have on our lives, and to build a lasting and stunning memorial in their honor. Initially, 16 Lincoln High School graduates who gave their lives for freedom were honored at the Lincoln High School (LHS) Veterans Memorial Dedication on November 3, 2006. Over $208,000 was raised including donated materials to create the memorial that features twenty, 10-foot-high granite columns and 38 granite benches. The memorial is located on the front lawn of the Gahanna-Jefferson School District’s high school.

The dedication had Brigadier General Jeffery Horne, a LHS alumnus (1976), as a featured speaker. Horne, who at the time of the dedication was serving our nation in Iraq, made a special trip home to speak for our veterans honored at the memorial. A letter from President George W. Bush extending greetings from The White House was part of the pageantry.

The memorial project itself is a remarkable story. Designed by the Eastland-Fairfield architecture class housed at Lincoln High School, the emblems of each military branch are engraved on the perimeter columns, and inscribed on the inner columns are 19 names of those who lost their lives serving in WW II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the current War in Iraq. A plaza with 80 engraved pavers and 38 engraved benches is also part of the memorial, making the site an inspirational learning environment that invokes respect and reflection for students and the community.

The "To Serve and To Honor" project started in September 2005 when three LHS teachers received a grant from the National Council for Social Studies, which trained them in engaging students in service learning projects. Students brainstormed ideas to raise school and community awareness of how military veterans have impacted their lives, past and present, and to raise support for local veterans as well as for those in the community who are currently serving in combat.

The students outlined a variety of ways to honor veterans. The project primarily involved four key elements: historical research–recording the stories of local veterans and those on the home front, and researching the names of LHS students lost in service; communication–interviewing veterans, servicemen/women and families, informing others by publishing the interviews/research, and creating a 60-minute documentary showcasing these stories of which portions were used in an A&E documentary; memorial–designing, architecting and planning a memorial to honor all LHS veterans, with special significance to those who have lost their lives in service to the country; and community support–enlisting support for the memorial, developing and teaching lessons for elementary students, informing the community of their activities, and finding ways to support local deployed troops and their families.

The project was successful beyond imagination. "To the best of our collective knowledge this is the largest scale veterans memorial of any high school in the country," said Dale Foor, Gahanna-Jefferson coordinator of community service. "It's been an unbelievable collaborative effort linking students and educators with business partners, civic groups and supportive citizens across the community in a collective effort to pay tribute to our veterans—past, present and future."
 
Since that time, it was discovered that three additional veterans needed to be added to the ranks of the honored. Each year since the dedication, a memorial ceremony is held the week of Veterans Day allowing new generations of students to be aware of the enormous sacrifice given by Gahanna Lincoln's finest. It is also common that former students and community members can be seen visiting the Memorial Plaza and pay their respects.

Please take time to come to the school and walk the plaza, read the inscriptions and extend your appreciation to all who have served with honor.