HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Carolina Elementary School paid respect to American veterans recently, honoring approximately 300 members of the military with a “Wall of Honor.”
The school unveiled the memorial, featuring the names of friends and family members who served, as a way to recognize Veterans Day.
The Wall of Honor prominently displayed the names on handmade stars in the school’s cafeteria/multi-purpose room. The stars recognized American veterans of wars dating back to the 1800s.
Carolina Elementary Principal Donna Barrett credited Katie Liddle with the idea for the wall.
Liddle is a parent of two Carolina Elementary students: Bose Liddle and Mac Liddle. She is also married to Lt. Col. Jimmy Liddle, who is stationed at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter. The Liddle family’s connection to the armed forces prompted Barrett to seek their advice for the event.
“I have seen stars hung in schools in the past for Veterans Day,” Liddle said. “We decided to take it a step further and list the branches, ranks, any wars in which they may have served, years they served and any special honors or awards.”
With help from school counselor Dr. Mary Thomas and school resource officer Chris Taylor, the plan became a success. The school also held Grandparents Day at the same time, and swarms of students led their grandparents through the hallways to visit the Wall of Honor. The families enjoyed refreshments served up by school faculty and staff.
The project also proved to be an educational endeavor for Carolina Elementary families.
“We were looking for a way to honor our veterans and military personnel, and we wanted to do something that would show it visually,” Barrett said. “Our parents always have such wonderful ideas. This way we not only honored the veterans but also enabled some of our families to research their own history. The project allowed our children to see history is important and to learn that it connects families across generations.”
Carolina Elementary, like the other schools in Darlington County School District, observed Veterans Day to recognize the patriotism, service and sacrifice of American veterans.
For more information, please contact the Darlington County School District Office of Communications at 843-398-2284.