Racine Lutheran High School is honored to announce the creation of the RLHS Veterans Project to honor the alumni who served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
“As a school community, we are proud to recognize and remember our graduates who gave selfless service to our country,” states Dave Burgess, RLHS executive director. “We are truly humbled that two special veterans have chosen to partner with us to honor our military alumni.”
According to Burgess, the project began many months ago at the Class of 1965’s 50th reunion. Classmates Bruce Canny and David Nass, both veterans, reconnected and briefly discussed how war had impacted them. During the ensuing weeks, Canny shared a poem, Vietnam, They Ask, So What Was It Like?, which he wrote about his tour of duty in the former Republic of Vietnam. The poem had already appeared nationwide, including as part of the Highground Veterans Memorial Park exhibit near Neillsville, Wis. The dynamics of the poem struck a chord with Nass, and he used his musical talents to transform the poem into a powerful piece titled Good-Bye, Good-Bye.
The pair hopes to bring their journey full-circle and honor other RLHS veterans who gave so unselfishly over the years. The RLHS Veterans Project plaque will be unveiled during a dedication ceremony on May 19. All are welcome to attend, and details will be released in the spring.
The school is seeking assistance in gathering the names of former students who served for their enlistment term (or were shortened due to injuries) in peace or war, as well as those who were wounded, killed in action or died as a result of wounds sustained while serving our country.
Information can be sent to RLHS, 251 Luedtke Ave., Racine, WI 53405, or emailed to klong@RacineLutheran.org. Please include: name of veteran and year of graduation, branch of service, duty station – U.S. or other, years of service and WIA, KIA, POW, if applicable.
Limited copies of the Good-Bye, Good-Bye CD are available through the school for $10. Proceeds benefit the RLHS Veterans Project, and donations are welcome. The poem and other information is available at RacineLutheran.org or by calling (262) 637-6538.