Community members can visit Clover Park High School’s replica of Arlington National Cemetery beginning Thursday, when students set up the memorial on the high school’s front lawn, 11023 Gravelly Lake Drive SW in Lakewood.
This is the fourth year of the project, which is designed to honor soldiers who have died in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, using white plastic stakes with the hand-written names of each deceased soldier. As a tribute to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the sticks will be spaced two-and-a-half feet apart—the stride length of the guards who watch over the tomb. Students from the high school’s Air Force JROTC program will host a march in honor the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Thursday at 6 p.m.
Additionally, the HBO film “Taking Chance” will be screened in the school’s Performing Arts Center on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The film tells the real-life story of Lt. Col. Michael Strobl, a volunteer military escort officer, who accompanies the body of 19-year-old Marine Chance Phelps back to his hometown of Dubois, Wyo.
“Every year, this project brings out the best in our community,” said David Russell, one of the teachers who oversees the project. “Lakewood has such a strong military presence, and everyone is positively impacted by this re-creation, especially our students. This started as a service-learning project and has blossomed into something that our entire school rallies around. It’s very moving.”