Written by: Erin Moran
For most Clearview students, high school is preparation for college. Four long years of hard work, all-nighters, and cramming before tests all lead up to the day the acceptance letter from one’s dream school finally arrives in the mail.
However, in the midst of all the college-craziness, Harrison Township’s Deputy Mayor Dennis Clowney, along with the Veterans’ Commissions of both Harrison and Mantua Townships, noticed that students going into military service were not receiving proper recognition.
They decided to remedy the situation by planning a Clearview Military Memorial that will hang in the hallways of the school. “We just wanted to do something for the students at Clearview that served,” Clowney said. “Nothing seems to go to the guys and gals going into the service. We just thought this would be a nice way to recognize them.”
The memorial will consist of six large wooden plaques: one for each branch of military as well as “a special one on the end for the guys who made the ultimate sacrifice,” according to Clowney. It will honor all military personnel that graduated from Clearview by stating their names, branches, and years of graduation on their branch’s respective plaque. Work on the memorial will begin once the Veteran’s Commissions collect enough names. The plaques are set to hang in the Toscano Theater lobby under a flag that was flown in Afghanistan.
If you or anyone you know is a Clearview graduate who went on to serve in the military, please submit the graduate’s name, graduation year, branch of service, and phone number and/or e-mail address (if available) to either Harrison Township Deputy Mayor Dennis Clowney at firstname.lastname@example.org or Harrison Township Clerk Diane Malloy at email@example.com. Be sure to include your name and phone number or e-mail address in your submission to receive information about the dedication ceremony.