All Harwood graduates who have served in the military and uniformed services of the United States will be recognized by the school with a plaque in a new display case in the main hallway of the school.

The ceremony to dedicate the project is tentatively slated for Veterans Day, November 11, at the school. The project is designed to recognize the Harwood Union High School alumni who have served or are currently serving in any one of the uniformed services of the United States: U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, whether in active, reserve or National Guard components.

Wooden plaques with engraved plates including the name of service member, year of graduation from Harwood Union and branch of service will be displayed within a glass front case mounted on the wall in one of the school hallways.

"It is important to recognize the service and sacrifice that alumni have made/are making to our community and our country. Our school mission statement states in part that 'each person is ... inspired to contribute to a democratic society' and there is no greater example of graduates who exemplify this goal than those who serve in the uniformed services. The acknowledgment of those who defend our freedom and democracy in selfless service, particularly in times of conflict, is congruent with our school mission," said board member and Fayston resident Freddie Graves.

Harwood Union High School is supported in the project by the American Legion Posts #59 of Waterbury and #75 of the Mad River Valley and citizens within the six Harwood Union communities.

Alumni, family members and community members are encouraged to submit names of graduates known to have served in any of the seven branches, whether in active, reserve or National Guard status, to the Harwood Union website link "Uniformed Services Project."

Contributions can be made to Harwood Union High School Uniformed Services Project, Harwood Union High School, Box 458 VT RT 100, Moretown, VT 05660. No service member will be required to pay to have their name included on the plaque so contributions are needed to defray costs of engraving nameplates, plaques and display case materials.

For additional information please contact project chair Graves at 496-4644 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..