On Thursday, November 9, El Dorado High School (EDHS) hosted its fifth annual Veterans Day ceremony at its Fallen Heroes Memorial on campus. Each year, the ceremony is supported by Placentia Boy Scout Troop 723 and Esperanza High School’s Air Force Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program.
The Fallen Heroes Memorial was constructed in 2013 as an Eagle Scout project by Andrew Binnings, a 2014 EDHS graduate. The Memorial honors the three El Dorado graduates who sacrificed their lives defending the country – U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sergeant William Harrell (92), U.S. Marine Corps Corporal Claudio “Nene” Patiño IV (06), U.S. Army Sergeant Jason Michael Weaver (07).
This year’s ceremony speakers included U.S. Marine Corps Colonel, Fridrik Fridriksson, EDHS ASB President, Lauren Korinko, EDHS student, Sedona Gregg, and cousin of fallen hero Corporal Claudio Patiño IV, Amanda Patiño.
In front of the ceremony’s reflective audience, Col Fridriksson conducted a Veteran Roll Call. Name after name, Veterans in attendance responded, “Sir, here, sir,” to Col Fridriksson, until the names of the fallen Golden Hawks were announced. To commemorate the fallen, EDHS trumpeter, Cameron Kish, played “Taps,” the distinctive melody performed at U.S. military funerals and memorials.
For the first time ever, all students and staff were able to live stream the Veterans Day ceremony in their classrooms courtesy of El Dorado’s Digital Media Arts Academy. The full ceremony is available to watch below. To see more pictures of El Dorado’s Veterans Day ceremony, visit the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pylusd.