A VETERAN HONOR WALL is in the planning stages at Corunna High School (CHS), and organizers need help from the public in identifying any and all past CHS students who served in the U.S. armed forces. The names of the CHS military veterans will be etched on dog-tags, which will be hung on the wall under the insignia of the branch in which each veteran served. The exact design of the wall is still being contemplated, but CHS Athletic Director Jason Beldyga has shared that he plans to have the wall completed in time for graduation on Sunday, May 17.
The idea for a veteran honor wall was brought to Beldyga and the CHS staff by Superintendant John Fattal, who had seen a similar concept at a Forest Hills Central school, located on the west side of the state. Each veteran honored on the wall will be denoted with a silver dog-tag, hung in random order to encourage more thorough examination, with soldiers killed in action indicated by gold dog-tags.
Beldyga is working with the local VFW and American Legion posts to identify veterans, and the request has also been made on the school’s website and social media page. As of Wednesday, Feb. 5, 266 Corunna veterans have been identified dating back to 1906, and Beldyga is confident the wall will include more than 300 names by the time it is unveiled later this year. Construction is expected to begin later this month or in early March.
Veterans’ names and information can be submitted online, at https://forms.gle/725hNLgMQAcXLhda9, or by calling the high school office, (989) 743-3441.