The idea of a memorial to honor all Englewood High School students who served in the military service was born in 2009 during the 50th reunion of the school’s Class of 1959. It became the project to build the Englewood High School Military Memorial.
Kay Howard, a 1959 EHS graduate who now is spearheading the effort to build the memorial, said she and her classmates talked about the school, and the idea of a military memorial came up.
“Originally, the suggestion was placing a bench in the school,” she said. “But, after talking with people at the school district and high school, we came up with the idea of a memorial in front of the school near the flagpole.”
The Englewood High School campus is at 3800 S. Logan St., but the high school opened its doors in 1913 in the now-demolished building that became Flood Middle School.
Organizers want to install the memorial to honor all Pirates alumni who served in the military as part of the school’s celebration of its centennial.
The proposal is to place a pentagon-shaped stone with the emblems of the five service branches engraved in it as the centerpiece of the project. The memorial and the installation will cost about $40,000. Howard said the fundraising needs to be done quickly so the memorial can be put in place during the construction of the seventh- through 12th-grade campus on the EHS site.
In addition to the memorial, the organizers are selling stone pavers designed to fill in around the stone marker. There are three different size pavers. Each paver is designed to have the veteran’s name and service seal on it. Additionally, organizations or businesses can purchase pavers engraved with their logos to show support for the project.
The Englewood High School Military Memorial group has received nonprofit status, so donations are tax-deductible. For information on the memorial, the sizes and cost of the stone pavers or the proposal, call 303-740-8789. The organization also has a Facebook page at Englewood High School Military Memorial.
Howard and other proponents staffed a booth Aug. 10 at Englewood Funfest.
“A lot of people stopped by to talk to us,” she said. “We got a lot of encouragement and raised a little money for the project.”
Howard said future plans are to meet with the Englewood City Council and the Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce to seek additional support.
She added that planning is still in the early states for a bowl-a-thon to raise money for the project. Tentative plans are to hold it late October or early November at a local bowling alley.