A Memorial Stone, commemorating the ultimate sacrifice made by former Edgewood High School students while in the military or the police/fire service, will be dedicated during a ceremony to be held in front of the school on Friday, Oct. 28, beginning at 4 p.m.
The project was conceived by the EHS Alumni Association, which raised more than $5,000 to fund the effort, and worked with the school to receive permission to have the black granite stone sited in the entrance garden at Edgewood High. A Ram statute, emblematic of the school's mascot, also occupies the garden.
The two-foot high by two-foot wide stone was created by Hughes Memorials, and has the inscription on the top bevel "Dedicated to EHS Alumni who gave their lives in service to their community/country."
On the vertical view is an Edgewood Ram logo with the words "Edgewood High School" carved beneath. On the back side is carved: "Sponsored by the EHS Alumni Association."
The memorial does not list names, because there is no way to determine how many alumni have died in the line of duty, Alumni Association member Don Morrison said, "plus we know there unfortunately will others in the future."
Morrison said the monument did grow out of efforts to honor an alumnus who was killed while serving in the Vietnam War.
Several members of the military and representatives from the Harford County Sheriff's Office and Maryland State Police are expected to attend Friday's ceremony, Morrison said.
Also participating will be government, school, and Alumni Association leaders, as well as musical groups from the school. The ceremony will last approximately an hour, so attendees who wish can also watch the JV and varsity football games against Bel Air scheduled for that evening.
Morrison said more the 50 individuals and organizations have contributed funds to build the memorial. A plaque bearing the donors names will be prominently displayed at the school. For more information about the Edgewood High Memorial Stone project, contact John Bowman at email@example.com.
The Alumni Association also is entering the seventh year of its EHS Hall of Fame program, jointly sponsored by the Association and the school administration and is seeking nominees for future induction.
To date, 48 alumni, former staff and community supporters have been inducted into the Hall of Fame, including seven honorees added during the June 1, 2016 ceremony.
Prospective Hall of Fame members can be nominated by contacting Morrison, chair of the Hall of Fame program, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a nomination form and/or to receive more information. Deadline for receipt of nominations is Feb. 28, 2017.