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Beyond the classroom: A Wall of Honor made by students

From left, Orrick sixth-graders Ella LaDue, Hunter Spear, Sean Kephart and Cheyenne Scharp took on the project of asking Orrick veterans and those currently serving to send photographs of themselves in uniform. The students framed the images and with the help of their teacher, Heather Pugh and others, they installed the photo wall on Monday at the Orrick Community Center. (Photo by JoEllen Black/Richmond News)

By JoEllen Black/Richmond News Executive Editor

A sixth-grade Veterans Day project has grown into a display of honor for Orrick community members who currently serve or have served in the U.S. armed forces, just in time for Memorial Day.

Nearly 50 photographs to Orrick men and women in uniform — depicting service from World War I through present-day conflicts — were installed Monday as a permanent wall of honor at the Orrick Community Center, 11 E. South Front St.

Its centerpiece is a wooden cross, made by Bill and Gina Sands. Metal inscriptions on the cross, donated by Trophies by Menke, reinforces the gratitude of the students. The inscriptions say, “Home of the Free because of the Brave” and “Dedicated to the Men and Women who Sacrificed All.” Also noted is the youngsters’ high school graduation date of 2024.

After the installation, the four students — Ella LaDue, Sean Kephart, Hunter Spear and Cheyenne Scharp — who spearheaded the project and their teacher, Heather Pugh, admired the impact of the photo wall.

The full story appears in the Friday, May 18, edition of The Richmond News.

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