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Summit Lakes Middle School’s Veterans’ Wall recognizes soldiers’ sacrifice
November 24, 2012
Summit Lakes Middle School social studies teacher
Michael Walker has created a Veterans’ Wall during
November the last few years to recognize the sacrifice of America’s soldiers.
“I wanted to demonstrate in a visual format what 6,636 deceased service members looked like,” Mr. Walker said. “This helps students understand the magnitude of what has been sacrificed for them. I used online recourses to find the names and information.”
Mr. Walker then divided up the names among the four social studies teachers and provided a list of names, dates of birth and death, and how they died.
Each year the list is normally around 1,300 names for each teacher or about 12 names per student.
“We begin the two-day lesson by watching a film called ‘War Letters’ produced by PBS,” he added. “This is a collection of letters written by soldiers during all of America’s wars.
Then, the next day I begin the day by reading an article that won the Pulitzer in 2005 about a marine whose job it is to notify the family that their loved one died.
“I show the ‘Final Salute’ video around the same time. After that, I provide the students the list of their 11 to 13 soldiers,” Mr. Walker said. “I have them reflect and write out the information. The student then writes each name (and other information) on a slip of paper.
As a class, we take those slips to the wall and staple up the names. The pictures hanging on the wall are of service men and women who died during the last 10 years.”