Clover Park High School Memorial Day tradition honors veterans with stunning tribute

Since 2008, Clover Park High School (CPHS) students and staff have organized an annual event called the Arlington Project honoring the fallen in America’s wars from the Revolutionary War to today. The opening ceremony for 2017’s Arlington Project will take place on Wednesday, May 24 at 5 p.m. at CPHS and the community is encouraged to attend.

In the spring, students create a striking visual on the front lawn of Clover Park High School with thousands of individually placed white markers. The markers are staked into the lawn over a four-day period by students in more than 15 classes to honor the nearly 7,000 fallen from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Since its first year, the event has grown to include choir and band performances, student-created memorials of all of America's conflicts, a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) performance of a formal retreat ceremony and re-creation of the tomb guard at Arlington National Cemetery, a special viewing of HBO's "Taking Chance" and an opportunity for community members to create their own memorials on a Wall of Remembrance. This year, the opening ceremony will also feature a guest speaker: psychologist Commander Mark Russell, USN (Ret) Ph.D. addressing “The Hidden Costs of War.”

What: Opening Ceremony of the Arlington Project
When: Wednesday, May 24 at 5 p.m.
Where: Clover Park High School
11023 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW
Event includes:

  • Community Wall of Remembrance
  • Choir and band performances
  • Memorial displays
  • JROTC reenactments
  • Viewing of HBO’s “Taking Chance”
  • Guest speaker Commander Mark Russell, USN (Ret) Ph.D.

Arlington Ceremony

JROTC cadets at the 2015 Arlington Project opening ceremony.