Members of the Students Serving Soldiers Club paid their respects Thursday, April 20, to the Harvey alumni killed in action in WWII. The respect the students showed was not part of any ceremony; instead, they honored the 15 casualties of the Second World War by taking the time to clean the glass and frames of the nearly 75-year-old photos and solemnly place them in a new display case mounted in a hallway leading from Sylvan Hall to Carter Hall.
The 15 who perished in WWII were first honored by The Harvey School shortly after the war when the campus was located in Hawthorne before the school moved in 1959 to its new home in Katonah. For the last several years, the photos were housed inconspicuously in a cabinet in the hallway between the two halls. “Now,” says Assistant Head of School Dick Wyland, “they’ll be more prominently displayed, thanks to the initiative of the students.” The names of those Harvey alums killed in WWII are listed on a framed document that reads, “These Men Gave Their Lives That We Might Live.”
Senior Will Shaffer, the co-president of the Students Serving Soldiers Club, believes creating the display is the right thing to do. “The school has had the photos for years but it seems no one knew about them, so we wanted to make sure our WWII alumni received the recognition they deserve after fighting in one of the most brutal wars in world history.”
The mounting of the 15 framed, black and white photos was a follow-up project to the club’s design and construction of a memorial plaque commemorating those Harvey alumni and faculty who served in the armed forces. The memorial, unveiled as part of a Veterans Day ceremony last November, is located outside on the island in front of Sylvan Hall.
The new display case housing the photos of the WWII alumni was made from wood from the old water tower which once stood on the hill behind the kitchen of the Harvey cafeteria.