Girard Held Memorial Day Ceremony
Annually, Girard College holds a Memorial Day celebration on Friday before the Monday holiday. This allows us to teach our students the true meaning of Memorial Day and to honor Girard alumni (as well as all Americans) who served our country in war time.
On Friday, May 25, at 8:30 a.m., there was an all-school assemblage on campus in the Girard Chapel. After a prayer from President Autumn A. Graves, guest speaker MSG Michelle Lindsey (Army) spoke to the students about the role of the armed services in protecting our country and about paying tribute to this service on Memorial Day. A Color Guard of Boy Scouts (Girard College Troup 400, grades 6-8) led the entire community out of the Chapel and through the campus to historic Founder’s Hall – in complete silence. After students and staff lined up respectfully on the steps of this grand old building, the color guard placed a wreath on one war memorial (statue to veterans of the Civil War), and then on a second war memorial (statue to veterans of WWI, WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War). After each wreath was laid, a student played taps in honor of the deceased soldiers.
After the conclusion of the ceremony, students and staff silently returned to class.
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