Families, friends and supporters of EMS ISD students and staff who have passed away while attending or employed, and those of fallen alumni serving in the armed forces or as first responders, gathered to honor their legacies and the impact they each had on the school district and the community.
EMS ISD hosted the second-annual Ceremony of Remembrance on Tuesday, November 8, 2022, at the Boswell High School Fine Arts Center and USMC Cpl. Marty Medellin Memorial Plaza. The ceremony honored all 121 names memorialized on the wall, including the four students and one employee whose names were engraved on the wall this year.
The Memorial Plaza honors Boswell High School graduate Cpl. Medellin and all the EMS ISD military personnel who have given the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country, whether in military service or in emergency fire or police duty. The Memorial also honors students and staff members who have died while attending or employed in the district, as well as EMS ISD Board of Education members who have passed while serving on the board.
The ceremony began with the Presentation of Colors by the Saginaw High School Air Force JROTC and the singing of the National Anthem by Saginaw High School freshman Coryn Crippen, followed by a moment of silence.
EMS ISD Board President Paige Ring then shared information about Cpl. Medellin and the history of the plaza.
“I cannot think of a better time than during the week of Veterans Day to come together to pause for a time of remembrance and to pay tribute to those individuals from across the district who are forever remembered on the Memorial Plaza,” Ring said.
EMS ISD Deputy Superintendent, Dr. Linda Parker, then discussed the meaning behind the design of the plaza before reading emotional tributes to the five individuals added to the wall this year, as their family and friends stood while their loved one was honored.
“These students and employees left a mark on so many throughout our EMS ISD community,” said Parker. “This ceremony and memorial allow us to ensure they keep a special place in our school district and in our hearts forever.”
The ceremony concluded with the solemn playing of Taps by Chisholm Trail High School senior David Estrada before attendees moved outside to the plaza to pay respects to their loved ones and all of those honored.
The district hosts the Ceremony of Remembrance annually during the week of Veterans Day. The Memorial is open to the public for visitation at any time. Learn more about the Memorial on the district website.