One by one, they placed red poppy flowers along the base of a newly constructed memorial, each flower serving as a reminder of the Huron people who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
The school on Thursday dedicated its Huron Fallen Heroes Memorial, a large granite monument inscribed with the names of 61 Huron natives who died while serving in the U.S. military, dating back to the Civil War.
It’s located at Huron Memorial Stadium and is accessible at any time.
Paul Ward, a community member who organized the project, said the goal is twofold: to honor and to educate.
“We spend so much time in school learning about presidents and generals, but every town has its heroes,” Ward said. “I wanted to honor my hometown’s fallen with a memorial, in a place where anyone can gather to see it and learn about them.”
The Huron Fallen Heroes Memorial was about five years in the making, with the Huron Historical Society providing the necessary research to track down many of the memorial’s inscribed names. The school board officially approved the project in September.
Donations covered the $13,000 cost, with $4,000 coming from the football team.
Students led much of the ceremony, including varsity football players, cheerleaders and band members. About 250 people attended.
“This is much larger than just our school, it’s for our whole community,” Huron Schools superintendent Dennis Muratori said. “It’s a way of exposing our young students and all of us to the role Huron has played in the history of our country.”