The Veterans Memorials are located to the right in this photo, in the community garden in front of the old auditorium building.
The Veterans Memorials are located to the right in this photo, on the circular gathering pad in the center of the community garden.
This stone was placed in 2018 when the previous three memorials were moved to their new location. The intent behind this memorial was to honor a much larger group of veterans, including but not limited to: those who have served in any war such as those who served more recently, those who attended but did not graduate from Roosevelt, and the families who lost their children in these wars. This memorial was part of a large project by the Alumni Association with help from many other groups: The Blue Start and Gold Star Mothers, OM Memorial Company, and many of our local veterans organizations. A group of students also helped in this project, ensuring the stone was placed with care and stays well maintained.
This stone was a class gift, donated at the time of the Class of 1991’s graduation. This class was deeply impacted by the war and many students knew others serving, including their family members and classmates. This moved them to quickly decide that their class gift would be a memorial to remember those who bravely served.
Though the war ended a decade earlier, this stone was donated and dedicated in 1983 by the Girl’s League. These ladies decided this was an appropriate action to take after learning that so many Roughriders had served in Vietnam and so many had lost their lives. They did not want these actions to be forgotten and created this project. The Girl’s League was an ambassador program that started in 1943 for students to identify and address local issues that were important to the school and the neighborhood. It was through their research within the community that they discovered the necessity of this memorial.
Donated at the time of the Class of 1958’s graduation, this was a very emotional project. WWII impacted the community heavily and many lives were lost from local families. The Korean War followed soon after the the pain was felt again. This class felt that it was their duty to memorialize these sacrifices and make a permanent fixture on campus, with this being the first veteran memorial placed. During WWII the student body population declined, as many young men withdrew from school to enlist in the military. Many of them did not return home. These young men would have been uncles and cousins to members of the Class of 1958.
There is an ongoing project of researching and discovering information on those who served and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. If you have any information you would like to share, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to make a donation to this project, please visit our donation page and on your check or PayPal donation note that you are giving for the Veterans Memorial Project.