On September 3rd, a very distinctive auxiliary sign was posted honoring the Elder graduates who served in the military and became casualties from the Vietnam War; either through wounds suffered in the theater of war or from exposure to Agent Orange and like herbicides. These men are also casualties of the Vietnam War and this memorial will forever honor their service and sacrifice. The auxiliary sign identifying these graduates is displayed as “Elder’s Twelfth Man” – graduates who remain nameless and timeless, but not forgotten.
It is estimated that nearly three times as many Vietnam War veterans have died in the past forty years from the direct effects of battle, supporting the troop operations, and suicide; these deaths grow daily. The dedication on September 3rd is a very small gesture in a long overdue attempt to honor and acknowledge their service.
On Thursday, September 3, 2015, we unveiled the “Elder’s Twelfth Man” auxiliary sign on the two Elder High School Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway signs along Glenway Avenue and dedicated them as such for the month of September.
If planning to attend, please gather in the northwest corner of the Schaeper Center parking lot near Panther Ct. and Glenway Ave. beginning at 2:45 P.M. Parking is available in the Schaeper Center lot and on surrounding side streets. Feel free to contact myself or Rich Dickman ’66 (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
In the case of extreme weather conditions, the ceremony will be moved inside the Schaeper Center.