On Monday, June 15, 2015 students and the community came together at Herkimer High School to rededicate the Herkimer High School WWII Honor Roll plaques. The plaques honor former Herkimer High School students who served this great nation in WWII. There are 941 veterans listed on the new plaques joining the 238 on the original plaque for a total of 1,179 former Herkimer High School students who served in WWII.
The project originally started as a simple rededication and addition of less than 100 names that Mr. William Arthur, a WWII veteran, discovered by checking school records, calling family members, and consulting the obituaries.
Support for the project was tremendous. Wood shop students refinished the original plaques. Dozens of students volunteered to create a list of the names from the original plaques and double checked them. Digital graphic students created a program for the night’s observance and band members played patriotic music at the rededication ceremony.
Ms. Mary Tomaso, Herkimer High School Principal said, “This rededication is a small gesture of appreciation to the greatest generation. It was nice to have the opportunity to remind our students and staff of the sacrifices that were made by their grandparents and great grandparents who walked the same hallways as we do here at Herkimer High School.”