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RHS Recognizes Vets, Launches Fundraising for Wall of Honor

Published November 16, 2015; Updated January 4, 2016

RHS Students and Staff Honor Veterans and Launch Wall of Honor Fundraising Effort at "USA Day" Assembly

Honoring Vets Radnor High School students and staff members wearing red, white and blue in honor of Veterans Day and LM Week's "USA Day" recognized three district employees and the father of an RHS freshman for their military service during an all-school assembly in the gym on Nov. 11.

The three employees recognized were Foley Hurt, a support technician at RHS who served in the U.S. Navy as a Senior Chief Aviation Boatswain Mate; Joe Perchetti, the district's security supervisor who served in the U.S. Army in the 11th Transportation Battalion and 2nd Infantry Division; and Harry Tyldsley, a special education paraprofessional at RHS and a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Jeffrey Epstein, the father of 9th-grader Aziza Fayzullayeva who served as a Petty Officer First Class ET1 Navigation in the U.S. Navy Submarine Force, was also honored.

Members of the brass section of the RHS band performed, with senior Myles Heath taking to center court to play a moving rendition of Taps. Students Anna Garson, Cassie Maz and Grant Plotkin also spoke and a video was shown that included interviews with the veterans.

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Wall of Honor Fundraising Campaign Kicks Off

The event was also the official launch of a fundraising campaign for a permanent memorial planned for installation in the school’s lobby in honor of the Radnor High School students and alumni who lost their lives serving and protecting our country. This "Wall of Honor" will include a plaque and an interactive kiosk, as well as a flag box for each of the veterans, and will be unveiled in May 2016.
"Radnor High School will celebrate Memorial Day with the dedication of a Wall of Honor to those alumni who died in service to their country," principal Dan Bechtold told the students at the assembly. "These young men and women had the same hopes and dreams as many of you. These are our town heroes. These are our school's heroes."

The idea for the Wall of Honor was born in one of RHS's Senior Seminar classes last year and is supported by Marty Costello, Commander of Delaware County for the American Legion, among other local veterans, alumni, community members and staff. Research conducted by students on the history and life of each of the veterans will be featured in the installation.

More details on the Wall of Honor will be available soon. Those interested in donating can send a check in any amount made out to "RHS Wall of Honor" to: Radnor High School, c/o Alexis Bradley, 130 King of Prussia Road, Radnor, PA 19087.

Pictured above, left to right: Joe Perchetti, Harry Tyldsley, RHS principal Dan Bechtold, Foley Hurt and Jeffrey Epstein.

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