On a day honoring veterans, DeKalb High School announced Tuesday it is launching the first stage of a three-year project to establish the DeKalb High School Military Honor Wall.
During the school’s Veterans Day program, teacher Andy Comfort said the wall will recognize DeKalb graduates who have served in any branch of the military and acknowledge their dedication and sacrifices.
The name of JaBraun Knox, a 2007 DeKalb High School graduate who lost his life serving in Afghanistan in 2012, will be first added to the honor wall.
The first phase of the project will involve collecting data and names to be included on the wall. A link to the data collection survey will be posted on the high school and district website.
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Also during Tuesday’s program, students heard from guest speakers Terry Longsworth of Kendallville and Ed Placencia of Garrett.
Longsworth served 27 years in the U.S. Army and retired in 2011 as a command sergeant major. He served in the military police for 23 years and for four years in civil affairs. He had 17 deployments and served in 36 different countries.
Placencia was a sergeant in the Army, serving in the 173rd Airborne Brigade from 1965-68. He was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star V and Purple Heart. Placencia served in Germany and Vietnam and completed his service in the United States.
The program also recognized veterans and military personnel in attendance, including a World War II tank driver, a veteran pilot and veterans of the Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Army.
The DeKalb Classic Connection Choir performed the national anthem and DeKalb band members Jacob Good and Lake Osbun played “Taps.”