A memorial will soon be dedicated at Northridge Elementary School in Longmont Colorado. Back in 2005, Billie Pett, an art teacher, asked us to list names of veteran “heroes” from our town, which we did. As time went on we were asked to give more names, and the project was stalled due to lack of funds, logistics with the school district, etc.
Jr. Vice Commander Jim Gates, from Longmont Post 32 is chairing the committee that is designing and facilitating the dedication of this memorial. Jim has been working with the school and district staff and Post 32 officers and has indicated to me that; “Northridge Elementary School principal Rob Orbanoski, Department NEC Ralph Borzella, and the art teacher (emeritus) Billie Pett will co-host the ceremonies on Friday Morning, October 23 at 10:00 am.”
The short program will combine the dedication along with the annual Veterans’ Day observance by the school kids. Those family members of Veterans whose names are on the monument (and some of the actual Veterans themselves) will be recognized at this time. And, a reception will be held in the school library following the dedication ceremony for the invitees, while the school kids returned to their classrooms. The whole thing should be a wrap in an hour.