Editorial: Honoring RHS alumni who have died serving is the right thing
Over the years the halls of Rosemount HighSchool have been the home to many. Some of its alum have gone onto great careers, some have traveled the world and some have died for their country.
Since the school opened its doors in 1918, 17 of its alumni have made the ultimate sacrifice in the name of freedom. From the trenches of World War I to the jungles of Vietnam to the rugged mountains of Afghanistan soldiers from Rosemount have fought and died bravely.
The names of those 17 men deserve a permanent place in the halls of Rosemount High School. And we applaud the move to do so.
Jill Stephenson, the mother of Ben Kopp who died in July 2009 while serving with the Army Rangers in Afghanistan, will present a plaque to the high school during the homecoming football game Oct. 7. The ceremony will include a rendition of America the Beautiful by the RHS Choir and Band. And members of the 34th Infantry Division "Red Bulls" will present the colors.
The plaque will eventually occupy a trophy case in the school's East hall. The plaque includes the often repeated words of President John F. Kennedy, "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country."
These men did as much as they could for our country. We thank them and their families for the sacrifice.
It's sad but a reason to be proud. If not for men and women like them, who knows what the world would be like for the rest of us.