Sayville High School hosted an opening ceremony for a Military Wall of Honor that pays tribute to hundreds of graduates who served in the U.S. military.
At the high school History Club’s annual Veterans Day Breakfast last month, veterans joined students, teachers and other members of the Sayville schools community for the special installation inside the school’s lobby.
“Our Wall of Honor affords us an opportunity to recognize hundreds — literally hundreds — of men and women who have attended Sayville Public Schools and have served our great country in fulfilling the noblest of professions in our United States Military,” Sayville High School Principal Ron Hoffer said at the ceremony.
“I want to recognize the service of our distinguish guests. Thank you for your service on behalf of myself and my family,” Hoffer continued. “You are in large part why we have the freedoms today in this great country.”
Within the memorial, the names of hundreds of Sayville High School alumni who served in the armed forces appear on a video display that loops through the name.
There is also a plaque dedicated to Major General Dennis Fagan, who served in the National Guard for nearly three decades and who worked in the high school as a technology teacher and yearbook adviser for 33 years.
Hoffer presented Fagan’s wife, Jane; their children Jen, Tim, Kerry and Kelly; and Kelly’s husband Dave a replica of the plaque.
Following the Wall of Honor installation, guests viewed the artwork planned for a mural at the VFW Post 433 and returned to the Senior Lounge for breakfast. The event concluded with musical tributes performed by the high school’s chorale and band.
Photos courtesy of Sayville schools.