27 Flags Honoring Veterans on Display Outside Westlake High School
Westlake Demons Athletic Boosters (WDAB) is thrilled to share its third annual Veterans Day Flag Display at Westlake High School. Each athletic team from Westlake High School and Lee Burneson Middle School, along with WDAB, have each planted a flag in honor of American Veterans for a total of 27 flags.
Working with WDAB, each team selected a veteran to celebrate. A few teams came up with more than one veteran. This year’s recognized veterans include service men and women from the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Marine Corps. The students selected parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, Westlake alumni, former staff, neighbors, and friends.
“It’s a sight!” says WDAB President, Virnette House-Browning. “As you drive by Westlake High School, you can’t miss the flags with the supporting signage showing the names of the honorees, their branch of service, and the team who nominated them.”
House-Browning also added that while the Boosters sponsors the display, the entire school community gets behind the effort. “It’s really great for us to honor those who have served and continue to serve our country,” she said.
Each veteran also shared their biography and their incredible stories, including those who served in World War II, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Afghanistan, Vietnam, the First Gulf War, and many other experiences.
“It’s a wonderful tribute to our veteran community, and we are honored to showcase it on Westlake City School District property for the third year in a row,” said Dr. Scott Goggin, superintendent of Westlake City Schools. “Our veterans have made incredible sacrifices for our freedoms. The display is a great learning experience for our student-athletes to know that they might not be playing the sport they love if it wasn’t for the service and sacrifice of others.”
The flag display is available Monday, November 8 – Saturday, November 13, near the main entrance of Westlake High School, 27830 Hilliard Blvd. in Westlake, Ohio.