George Washington High School ROTC members giving back to the community through research by writing biographies on local veterans killed in action.
“A lot of the veterans at the state archive memorial, their names are just inscribed in marble but we don’t know anything about them,” said C/LTC Nathan Hamrick. “We’re just trying to make their stories known.”
Its part of the group’s learning service project. Its tedious work, usually done by professional historians. As part of their research, the students look for information about the veteran’s personal interests, hometown, and family.
Once their research is complete, the biography goes through a rigorous review process by local historian Pat McClure.
“You watch these movies and you know a little bit about soldiers stories but its made for T.V., here when we actually do the research and learn about them, it really hits close to home,” said C/CPT Montana Bria.
Last year the group completed 9 biographies. This year they hope to complete 23.
“We do the best we can but these veterans deserve more than what we can,” said C/MAJ Virginia Cook. “They gave their life, and we are just trying to remember that… by making sure their stories are known.”