Clover Park High School’s Arlington Project opens May 25
Lakewood and Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) community members are invited to Clover Park High School’s (CPHS) opening ceremony for its Arlington Project, an annual Memorial Day commemoration, Wednesday, May 25 at 5 p.m. This year’s opening ceremony includes guest speakers who will share their thoughts on the meaning of Memorial Day and a performance by the CPHS band. Following the opening ceremony, attendees can view student displays in the school’s gathering hall. A showing of HBO’s film “Taking Chance” takes place in the performing arts center at 6 p.m.
Since 2008, CPHS students and staff have created the Arlington Project to honor the fallen in America’s wars from the Revolution to today. The display features individually named markers for the nearly 7,000 fallen from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. These markers are installed by students over three days. Students also create displays that capture the meaning of Memorial Day.
A video of the display from previous years is shown here.“The memorial has significant community impact, especially with so many veterans in the area and with the school’s close proximity to JBLM,” said CPHS teacher Bryan Winkler, who co-founded the Arlington Project along with CPHS teacher David Russell. “The display is left up throughout Memorial Day weekend so as many visitors as possible can view it. Many mementos have been left over the years, which have become a part of student displays in the gathering hall.”
Clover Park High School JROTC cadets march near the “Arlington Project” display in May 2015. The public is invited to attend the opening ceremony for the Arlington Project on Wednesday, May 25 at 5 p.m. at Clover Park High School.