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RHS Wall of Honor Unveiling (May 26-27)

Culminating nearly a year of dedicated work by students, staff, alumni and local veterans, Radnor High School's new “Wall of Honor” veterans memorial was formally unveiled to donors, special guests, and the family and friends of the inductees on May 26.

All students were then introduced to the Wall of Honor on the morning of May 27 at an assembly led by principal Dan Bechtold and teachers Rob King and Dave Wood. The memorial opened to the public for the first time on the evening of May 27. 

The Wall of Honor commemorates the 57 RHS students who died while serving our country. Watch the video of the opening ceremonies here.
The formal unveiling on May 26 featured a Presentation of Colors by the Valley Forge Honor Guard; "The National Anthem" sung by RHS student Sarah Sobel; remarks by Mr. Bechtold, superintendent Dr. Michael J. Kelly, former student Eddie Paik, who helped launch the effort with his classmates last school year, and Marty Costello, Deputy District 8 Commander for the American Legion; and a stirring rendition of "Taps" by RHS student David Macpherson. 
The ceremony concluded with a ribbon-cutting in front of those who helped make the Wall of Honor happen, including district staff members and former RHS principal Mark Schellenger, who moved the project forward before retiring at the end of the 2014-15 school year.

The idea for the Wall of Honor was born in one of the school's Senior Seminar classes during the 2014-15 school year. Mr. Paik and other students sought a way to memorialize veterans from the school who had made the ultimate sacrifice. With support from Mr. Schellenger and the sustained help of Mr. Costello, the project grew into a labor of love for many staff members and students.

Current American Studies students, under the guidance of Mr. King and Mr. Wood, conducted research on the inductees' lives and histories to create short films that are accessible via a mounted 40-inch interactive touchscreen that is part of the memorial. The Wall of Honor also includes a plaque and a flag box for each of the 57 veterans and spans 26 feet in width and nine feet in height.

The memorial was completely funded by donations from community members, alumni and others totaling more than $17,000 and counting.

For more information, including details on the inductees and access to the student-produced films, click here.