“We remember those who were called upon to give all a person can give, and we remember those who were prepared to make that sacrifice if it were demanded of them in the line of duty, though it never was. Most of all, we remember the devotion and gallantry with which all of them ennobled their nation as they became champions of a noble cause.” – President Ronald Reagan
Devotion and gallantry have been abiding qualities of numerous John de la Howe alumni who have served their nation in times of peace and war.
As the campus moves forward with a new mission, we seek to honor the noble contributions of our alumni to our nation – individuals who served in times of peace and war. Some of our alumni made military service their careers. Others may have served for shorter periods of time. No matter the length of service, each individual’s dedication to our nation has been a contribution of patriotism and sacrifice that deserves recognition and honor.
Our founder and benefactor Dr. John de la Howe served in the Seven Years War during which time he tended to soldiers on the battlefield. During the American Revolution, he treated Patriots at his home who were injured in a skirmish led by Andrew Williamson that took place near Lethe in 1777 and also provided medical care to Patriots when he returned to Charleston.
This week as we move forward to Veterans Day on Sunday, Nov. 11, we are launching Phase I of the John de la Howe Veterans Project that will culminate in the establishment of a place on campus to pay tribute to alumni who served our nation. The embodiment of that memorial will be determined later and will become a place of recognition for future alumni who serve in the military.
Phase I will comprise the collection of information. The Office of Public Relations and Marketing is seeking to find out who our veterans are, when they served and where, descriptions of their service and why their service was important to them. Families of alumni who are now deceased are asked to help us in providing information about their loved ones.
As information is collected, we will develop a file, and then work toward Phase II which will be the determination of where our memorial will be and what it will look like. During Phase II, we will form a committee of staff, alumni and school officials to determine what the memorial will be.
It is important to honor our John de la Howe veterans who across the decades have bravely and unselfishly answered the call to serve our great nation.
Please contact the Office of Public Relations and Marketing via email at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a form about your service or that of a loved one OR call Karen Petit at 864-391-0424 and we will fill out the form over the phone with you.