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Duty, honor, country recognized on Copley High School plaque

3/14/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

Photo courtesy of Copley-Fairlawn City Schools
COPLEY — More than 300 names of Copley High School alumni who have or are now serving in the military are engraved on a plaque now hanging in the lobby of the school.

The plaque, shown at right, measures 2 feet wide and 3 feet tall, and the people whose names are on it represent the U.S. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Navy and National Guard, according to Laura Campbell, the school’s administrative secretary. The names of men and women, both active duty and reservists, including one person who served in World War I, are listed, she said.

A portion of the plaque reads, “This plaque is to honor Copley High School students who have bravely served their country in our Armed Services. ... Copley High School remembers their dedication to our country and we thank them for their service.”

The idea to create the plaque came from former principal Cameron Ryba, who was looking for a way to update how alumni serving in the military are recognized — in the past, on regular copy paper taped up on school office windows, said Campbell.

Woodshop teacher Kirby Harder and his students constructed the black walnut surface on which the nameplates are affixed, she said.

Campbell said names are still being gathered and plans are to create “satellite” plaques along the same wall every other year or so.

— By Ariel Hakim

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