Annual Changing of the Signs Ceremony
4 October 2016 at 3:00 P.M.
Elder High School
Rev. Jerome A. Schaeper Center
Join us as we honor the lives of Elder Men who gave their lives protecting the freedom and rights of others. United State Marine Corps Sergeant Thomas P. Kindt '58 and United States Army Corporal Donald L. Schnee '64 were killed in action in Vietnam. The Elder High School Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway ensures that their sacrifices will never be forgotten.
Name riders for Kindt and Schnee will be erected on the signs and remain there from October 2016 to September 2017. The event is open to the public.
About the Memorial Highway
On Saturday, September 20th, 2014, the Elder community joined the Elder Eleven Committee/Class of 1966 as the stretch of Glenway Avenue (SR 264) between Gilsey and Beech Avenues was dedicated as the ...Elder High School Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway.
Eleven graduates of Elder were killed in action while serving in the Vietnam War. Members of the “Elder Eleven” committee hosted the September 20th ceremony in cooperation with Elder High School and with the support of the Class of 1966 which lost four of its classmates to the war. Elder’s Vocal Ensemble and Honor Guard were also be a part of the program. Families of the Eleven were also in attendance.
To view more photos from the inaugural event, click here.
Beginning October 2015, two grads’ names – one on each sign – will be featured for one year and rotate two names on/off on an annual basis through October 2021, when the rotation shall begin anew. The rotation will be as follows:
October 2015-September 2016 – Vogt & Faulkner
October 2016-September 2017 – Kindt & Schnee
October 2017-September 2018 – Huwel & Sayer
October 2018-September 2019 – Oates & Davis
October 2019-September 2020 – Caruso & Witt
October 2020-September 2021 – Reiter & 12th Man
Many thanks to Rich Dickman ’66 and his dedicated committee for the attention they have shown their classmates, our grads, by leading the effort to have the signs installed and for helping to coordinate the rotation of the signs. In Rich’s words, “We have all made a difference, and showing the students the honor and respect these men deserve after all these years is a lesson for them and a comfort to all veterans and civilians alike.”