Date(s) & Time(s)::
May 26, 2016 at 6:00 PM until 7:30 PM
Location: Eagle Tech Academy, Marshall Building, 107 N. Walnut St, Columbia City
Phone: Joe Urschel: (260) 244-5707
Eagle Tech Academy will host a Veteran’s Memorial Gallery Walk on Thursday, May 26, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Eagle Tech Academy.
ETA freshmen have spent weeks preparing displays and conducting interviews in hopes of creating something that thanks their veterans for all of their service and sacrifice.
American Studies Facilitator Joe Urschel explained, “Our goal was to have our students understand the sacrifices made by every veteran and the important role our military plays.”
Students have created displays that focus on their veteran’s service or the war in which they served.
“ETA is the kind of place that asks the big questions; we don’t just learn the facts. We want the students to hear how challenging it is to serve and what it means to sacrifice for our country. ETA is the kind of place where students do something with what they've learned,” Urschel added.
Students have created displays that focus on their veteran’s service and the war in which they served. The Gallery Walk will take place throughout Eagle Tech Academy, and is open to the public. Community members will be able to walk through and see all of the, student created, displays.
“Our goal is to honor the service of our Veterans as Memorial Day approaches. We wanted the students to understand the sacrifices they made for our country, that’s why we interviewed and created displays. We also don’t want to blow off their service,” American Studies Facilitator Phil Stanczak said. “We have a lot of veterans around us and in our community, “Stanczak continued. “We want to remind the community to honor those who have served.”
Any display used to honor the Whitley County veterans on May 26 could be donated to the Whitley County History Museum in hopes to continually thank those who have served and are serving in our community.
“I have learned that they don’t want as much recognition as we might think. Through this project, I have learned that, not only my grandfather but many other veterans, have a higher respect for the troops on the ground than they do for themselves,” Freshmen Taylor Osborn said.
Throughout the preparation process, students have been able to hear stories from their veteran and write a tribute to thank them for their service.
Freshmen Leah Bechtold said, “I have learned that, although many veterans have similar stories, all of these experiences are very different.”
The gallery walk at Eagle Tech will consist of written works, art, video, and audio tributes. For more information about the Veteran’s Memorial Gallery Walk, contact Eagle Tech Academy, (260) 244-5707.
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