Saugus High unveils ‘Wall of Honor’ to veterans, active service members

By Austin Dave

Last update: Friday, November 11th, 2016

With a mighty tug, the makeshift curtain shielding Saugus High School’s latest endeavor to give back to the community was taken off.

Under the large blue and silver colored sheet was a mural surrounding more than 240 names of former students who have served in the American armed forces.

Saugus High School student Steven Plante, left, who spear-headed the Saugus High School Wall of Honor project, behind him, listens to the Saugus Concert Choir as they sing God Bless America after the unveiling of the Wall of Honor at Saugus High School on Friday. Dan Watson/The Signal
Saugus High School student Steven Plante, left, who spear-headed the Saugus High School Wall of Honor project, behind him, listens to the Saugus Concert Choir as they sing God Bless America after the unveiling of the Wall of Honor at Saugus High School on Friday. Dan Watson/The Signal

“We’ve installed banners on the buildings, and light poles on our campus,” said Saugus Principal Bill Bolde of longstanding efforts to honor outstanding alumni who chose to attend four-year universities.

“There are many other students who graduate from this campus, our school who are choosing a different calling,” he said.

“Theirs is a call to action.”

Hart District Junior ROTC Color Guard marches in front of the hundreds in attendance for the unveiling of the Wall of Honor at Saugus High School on Friday. Dan Watson/The Signal
Hart District Junior ROTC Color Guard marches in front of the hundreds in attendance for the unveiling of the Wall of Honor at Saugus High School on Friday. Dan Watson/The Signal

Bolde said a decision was made to establish a location on the campus to honor the men and woman who turned to active service to represent the United States around the world.

“They’ve engaged in combat, they’ve stood a post, they’ve given their best and sacrificed beyond any kind of comprehension,” he said of the honorees.

“In the case of three former Centurions, they gave their very lives so we could have liberty for all.”

The longtime principal turned teary-eyed as he introduced senior Steven Plante, a student who led the effort to erect the monument.

“I did this for other people,” Plante said. “I love them and I appreciate them for what they do for this country.

Saugus High School principal Bill Bolde, left, speaks to the hundreds in attendance for the unveiling of the Wall of Honor at Saugus High School on Friday. Dan Watson/The Signal
Saugus High School principal Bill Bolde, left, speaks to the hundreds in attendance for the unveiling of the Wall of Honor at Saugus High School on Friday. Dan Watson/The Signal

The student struggled to hold back tears as he spoke about the project to the crowd of about 200.

“The service that all of you provide for us means the world to us and I just wanted you to know we appreciate you and that we’d have nothing without you,” Plante said.

A standing ovation followed the high school senior’s words. In an ode to three families who had lost young men to battle, Bolde offered words of strength.

“May we always remember that freedom is never free,” Bolde said.

“We owe our way of life to those who have served.”

 

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Saugus High unveils ‘Wall of Honor’ to veterans, active service members

With a mighty tug, the makeshift curtain shielding Saugus High School’s latest endeavor to give back to the community was taken off.

Under the large blue and silver colored sheet was a mural surrounding more than 240 names of former students who have served in the American armed forces.

Saugus High School student Steven Plante, left, who spear-headed the Saugus High School Wall of Honor project, behind him, listens to the Saugus Concert Choir as they sing God Bless America after the unveiling of the Wall of Honor at Saugus High School on Friday. Dan Watson/The Signal
Saugus High School student Steven Plante, left, who spear-headed the Saugus High School Wall of Honor project, behind him, listens to the Saugus Concert Choir as they sing God Bless America after the unveiling of the Wall of Honor at Saugus High School on Friday. Dan Watson/The Signal

“We’ve installed banners on the buildings, and light poles on our campus,” said Saugus Principal Bill Bolde of longstanding efforts to honor outstanding alumni who chose to attend four-year universities.

“There are many other students who graduate from this campus, our school who are choosing a different calling,” he said.

“Theirs is a call to action.”

Hart District Junior ROTC Color Guard marches in front of the hundreds in attendance for the unveiling of the Wall of Honor at Saugus High School on Friday. Dan Watson/The Signal
Hart District Junior ROTC Color Guard marches in front of the hundreds in attendance for the unveiling of the Wall of Honor at Saugus High School on Friday. Dan Watson/The Signal

Bolde said a decision was made to establish a location on the campus to honor the men and woman who turned to active service to represent the United States around the world.

“They’ve engaged in combat, they’ve stood a post, they’ve given their best and sacrificed beyond any kind of comprehension,” he said of the honorees.

“In the case of three former Centurions, they gave their very lives so we could have liberty for all.”

The longtime principal turned teary-eyed as he introduced senior Steven Plante, a student who led the effort to erect the monument.

“I did this for other people,” Plante said. “I love them and I appreciate them for what they do for this country.

Saugus High School principal Bill Bolde, left, speaks to the hundreds in attendance for the unveiling of the Wall of Honor at Saugus High School on Friday. Dan Watson/The Signal
Saugus High School principal Bill Bolde, left, speaks to the hundreds in attendance for the unveiling of the Wall of Honor at Saugus High School on Friday. Dan Watson/The Signal

The student struggled to hold back tears as he spoke about the project to the crowd of about 200.

“The service that all of you provide for us means the world to us and I just wanted you to know we appreciate you and that we’d have nothing without you,” Plante said.

A standing ovation followed the high school senior’s words. In an ode to three families who had lost young men to battle, Bolde offered words of strength.

“May we always remember that freedom is never free,” Bolde said.

“We owe our way of life to those who have served.”

 

adave@signalscv.com

(661) 287-5550

On Twitter as @AustinDave_

 

 

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Austin Dave

Austin Dave

Austin Dave is an award-winning multimedia journalist. He heads The Signal's video news operations while reporting on the Santa Clarita Valley's most impacting topics.

Austin Dave

Austin Dave

Austin Dave is an award-winning multimedia journalist. He heads The Signal's video news operations while reporting on the Santa Clarita Valley's most impacting topics.