Elmhurst honors grad killed in Iraq - November 23, 2005

Record Number: 1927
Displayed from: Nov 23, 2005 , until: Dec 22, 2005

The Elmhurst High School community wishes to express its deepest sympathy to the family of Corporal Jonathan Blair. Corporal Blair, a 2002 graduate of Elmhurst, was killed over the weekend in a roadside bombing in Iraq. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 101st Airborne Division based at Fort Campbell, Ky. In memory of Corporal Blair and in support of his family, the students and staff of Elmhurst have planned a special tribute. A pine tree, donated by neighboring Hansen Aggregates, will be planted on the front lawn of the school, located at 3829 Sand Point Road. Yellow ribbons will be available for a donation of $1 and will be used to decorate the tree. Proceeds from the donations will be used to purchase a memorial in memory of Corporal Blair. Elmhurst High School invites the Fort Wayne community to stop by the school during the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. to purchase a yellow ribbon in support of all troops. Special thanks go to Bruce Rowley, Area Operations Manager for Hansen Aggregates. Mr. Rowley, who also served with the 101st Infantry, is donating the tree on behalf of Hansen Aggregates. Following are remarks from Elmhurst teachers who had the privilege of instructing Corporal Blair: Matt Mertes, Social Studies teacher Jon was a terrific kid. He was an outstanding Social Studies student during his years at Elmhurst High School, and was one of those students who would continue to ask questions about a topic until he was convinced he knew everything about it. He had a true interest in United States History and Government and was quite sincere in his desire to serve his country. He had a great deal of respect for the United States military, and he was very interested in serving and defending his country. I am truly sorry to hear of his passing and would hope that the Blair family knows they are in my prayers, as well as the prayers of the Elmhurst family. Michael Floyd, English teacher Jon dedicated two years of his life as a technical assistant with Windsong Pictures here at Elmhurst. He was exceedingly loyal and devoted to his work and passionate in helping others. Jon was his own man. He walked to his own beat, and touched the lives of many. Jon was the kind of man who would lay down his life for others. Al Burns, Social Studies teacher Jonathan is a student I remember fondly. He was “cerebral” and would contemplate any answer in class. He was almost pensive; he would think things through. You get so many live wires, he was refreshing.


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