SV Student Council Honors Town Veterans
Members of Shenandoah’s Anthony P. Damato American Legion Medal of Honor Post 792 were honored by the Shenandoah Valley High School Student Council as part of the school’s annual Veterans’ Day Program.
Shown seated are American Legion members (L-R): Dan Puschilla, Joe Chowanes, Ed Bukowsky, Post Commander Bruce Popalis, Gordon Slater, William Boycheck, & Rich Stevens. Standing: SV Teacher and USMC veteran Justine Berger, Dan Krauson, Guest Speaker 2nd Lt. Joseph Strong US Army & Graduate SVHS Class of 2010, John McGauley, SV Superintendent Dr. Stanley Rakowsky, SV Student Council Advisor Anthony Pytko, and George Hysock.
World War II Memorial
Twelve years ago in the epilogue to the film “Saving Private Ryan” actor Tom Hanks praised the men and women who served their country for their participation in the in Second World War, and went on to say that every community should honor these patriotic Americans by acknowledging the sacrifices they endured. Inspired by this plea, the students who were members of the Shenandoah Valley Student Council came up with the idea to have a WW II Memorial constructed in the hallway outside the high school gym that would list the names of all the men and women from the Shenandoah area regardless of what school they attended. The design and construction of the memorial was conducted by maintenance supervisor Bill Swantek, who himself was a veteran of the United States Navy. A large mural depicting an American eagle which is the focal point of the display was painted by teacher Kim Majors in honor of her father who served in the Vietnam War. Students began the task of gathering names from various locations like churches, fire departments, and listings provided by the Shenandoah AMVETS, Catholic War Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and both the Walter H. Wardigo & the Anthony P. Damato American Legion.