Students, staff, community members and military families gathered at Gloversville High School for the unveiling of the new Armed Forces Wall of Honor on Friday, November 9. The wall recognizes GHS graduates who enlisted in the military following graduation and have served or currently are serving their country.
GHS Associate Principal Dennis Bye, a 27-year Navy veteran and retired Master Chief, served as the keynote speaker at the unveiling. New York State Assemblyman-elect Robert Smullen, a Gloversville alum and retired Marine Colonel, also spoke at the ceremony. The wall is a collaborative effort spearheaded by community member Frank Craven, a Navy veteran, who had three children graduate GHS, including one who served in the Marine Corps. Bye along with GHS Principal Dr. Richard DeMallie and GHS English Language Arts teacher Rebecca Sira also played a role in establishing the wall, which is intended to be a permanent tribute to Gloversville graduates who are veterans of military service or who are active duty.
Gloversville High School administration will continue to make every effort to collect as many names as possible for inclusion on the wall. Names and photographs will be rotated as new names and pictures are submitted. Once a picture is removed from the wall, the alumni’s name will be inscribed on a plaque, memorializing his or her dedication to the Armed Forces of the United States of America.
To be considered, the service member must be a graduate of Gloversville High School, regardless of the date that he or she graduated. Please contact English teacher Rebecca Sira by email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or call GHS at (518) 775-5710 to submit a name.