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World War II Monument

Dedicated November 8, 1995

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WW II Monument

          The idea for the World War II monument came from Mr. James Zimmerman, a former principal at West Perry High School, whose father had been a veteran of World War II.  The project was headed by Mr. Jeff Zeiders, a former Social Studies teacher, and was over seen by the World War II Commemorative Committee, which was officially recognized by the Department of Defense.  Overall the project involved the efforts of over two hundred students, including the members of Student Senate, History Club, and the Art Club.


            A contest was held among the students to develop a design, which would symbolize the war and honor the sacrifices made by those who served.  The winning design, submitted by Melissa Palm, was brought to life through the sculpting and casting work of other West Perry students.  The efforts of the students were guided by the expertise of Mr. James Victor, a professional sculptor, and Mr. Alan Hench, a West Perry High School Art teacher.  The monument design features an eagle, perched upon one arm of a flag draped cross, which is embedded in a bolder.  Buried behind the monument is a fifty year time capsule, which contains a WWII ration book from Perry County, sand from Iwo Jima, a World War II newspaper, and various patches.


The project’s cost totaled $6,000, all of which was earned through the efforts of the students to hold a WWII dinner dance along with other.  In the days leading up to the dedication, students worked tirelessly to paint all of the windows above the monument to resemble the flags of the allied nations of World War II.  The dedication itself was widely attended by veterans and family members of fallen soldiers, who came to honor the memories of those who sacrificed all for their country and the ideal of freedom.  The dedication also attracted the attention of former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge, who attended the dedication and addressed the student body.

Last Modified on March 12, 2012