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Hill of Heroes at CCHS

The new CCHS Hill of Heroes honoring the U.S. military dedicated at Raiderfest 2016. click here to view a photo gallery of the dedication

District Dedicates New High School Hill of Heroes to Honor Military

South Colonie officials were joined by local military, veterans and community leaders on Saturday, Armed Forces Day, to dedicate the new high school Hill of Heroes at Raiderfest 2016.

The Hill of Heroes, located opposite the school entrance, showcases emblems and creeds on granite slabs representing all five branches of the military. It was designed and created in high school classes under the supervision of teacher Tom Casey. see videos for dedication below

As a finishing touch by CCHS junior, Nick Morrison, a 9-foot tall steel flag was designed, welded and painted by Nick, parent Mario Gabriel and teacher Chris Hanley. The flag sits atop the hill tribute as a permanent, symbolic gesture of South Colonie’s respect and acknowledgement of the sacrifices made by the men and women of the Armed Forces.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW A PHOTO GALLERY FROM THE HILL OF HEROES DEDICATION

The inspiration behind the Hill of Heroes came from CCHS senior John Lawlor, who worked with the iCARE team and advisor Thomas Kachadurian to make his idea come to life.

Lawlor’s designed the Hill of Heroes to honor his father, who has served in the military since he, himself, graduated from CCHS. John was raised to respect those who serve and thought it would be a great idea to honor them through a beautiful, thoughtfully designed, tastefully patriotic tribute.
 Following graduation in June, John will enlist in the military and carry on his father’s tradition.

The Hill of Heroes monument dedication was especially significant this year as Raiderfest, iCARE, and community and school events throughout the 2016-17 school year focused on raising money for and helping three military support groups - Blue Star and Gold Star Mothers, Soldier On and the Veterans Administration Hospital in Albany.

 

CCHS Senior John Lawlor speaks about his idea behind the Hill of Heroes.

Hill of Heroes tribute at CCHS.

CCHS Chamber Singers close out the dedicated with "Let There Be Peace on Earth."