Elmhurst to honor "Fallen Heroes" - May 24, 2006

Record Number: 2509
Displayed from: May 24, 2006 , until: May 26, 2006

A week ago, officials at Elmhurst High School received word that a second recent alumnus, Marine Lance Cpl. David GramesSanchez had been killed in Iraq. In late November, Army Cpl Jonathan Blair, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, of the 101st Airborne Division was killed when a roadside bomb exploded near his Humvee. Both men currently have family in the school and there are many others at Elmhurst with military connections. The Elmhurst Student Council will conduct a memorial service in honor of both men on May 25 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the school, 3829 Sand Point Road. Philip Shaull, Regional Director for Senator Lugar will read a statement from the Senator. A representative from Senator Bayn's office will also read a statement. The Peru Marine unit will bring full color guard and present the colors. It is expected that the Army will do the same. The Student Council will present a bench they will dedicate in honor of both men. Each parent and the wife will be presented a plaque from the Student Council. The service is open to family and friends of Elmhurst's Fallen Heroes. Media are welcome to attend. For information, please contact Barbara Gentry, principal, 425-7519.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.