Welcome to the Uniformed Services Project
The seven branches of the uniformed services represented above are, in order from left to right: The U.S. Army, The U.S. Marine Corps, THe U.S. Navy, The U.S. Air Force, The U.S. Coast Guard, The U.S. Public Health Service and The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Description of the Project:
The project is designed to recognize the Harwood Union High School alumni who have served or are currently serving in any one of the uniformed services of the United States: U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, whether in active, reserve or national guard components. Wooden plaques with engraved plates including the name of service member, year of graduation from Harwood Union and branch of service will be displayed within a glass front case mounted on the wall in one of the school hallways.
The Purpose of Project:
It is important to recognize the service and sacrifice that alumni have made/are making to our community and our country. Our school mission statement states in part that "each person is ... inspired to contribute to a democratic society" and there is no greater example of graduates who exemplify this goal than those who serve in the uniformed services. The acknowledgment of those who defend our freedom and democracy in selfless service, particularly in times of conflict, is congruent with our school mission.
Every member of the Harwood community, students, faculty and staff, and the community at large will benefit by having an increased awareness of the service of fellow Highlanders and their contribution to society. Alumni will feel honored, appreciated and visible in their service. Students will make the connection between the uniformed services and the contributions that veterans' groups make to support our school through scholarships, awards and sponsorships of leadership opportunities.
Project Timeline and Funding:
Alumni, family members and community members are encouraged to complete the enrollment form and submit it online (form located to the left of this screen) or via mail (please mail all pertinent information to project chairwoman Freddie Graves at 496-4644 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
The project will be funded by donations from individuals, families and local organizations, with a fund raising effort already underway. Contributions will be used to pay for the initial cost of the plaque , name plates and display case as well as the ongoing expense of updating the list of names at regular intervals.
The Mad River American Legion Post #75 in Waitsfield and the Harry N. Cutting American Legion Post #59 in Waterbury have committed funds toward the project and the remaining costs will be covered by individual contributions. Contributions can be made to Harwood Union High School Uniformed Services Project, Harwood Union High School, Box 458 VT RT 100, Moretown, VT 05660. No service member will be required to pay to have their name included on the plaque so contributions are needed to defray costs of engraving nameplates, plaques and display case materials.
For additional information or if you are interested in donating please contact project chairwoman Freddie Graves at 496-4644 or email@example.com.
UNIFORMED SERVICES PROJECT ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
The following requirements determine the eligibility of an alumni name to be included on the Uniformed Services Project wall plaque.
Criteria for inclusion:
Graduate of Harwood Union High School.
Must be currently serving or have served in one of the seven uniformed services of the United States: U. S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Public Health Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The following criteria must be met before a name is added to the plaque:
- Enlisted service members must have successfully completed basic training and be currently serving in their first unit assignment.
- Officers must have received their commission or warrant. Cadets enrolled in a U.S. Service Academy (U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy) or a Reserve Officer Training Corps (R.O.T.C.) program may submit their enrollment form upon graduation and receipt of their commission.
An applicant may have served or be currently serving in the active component, reserve component or national guard.
A dishonorable discharge is automatic ground for exclusion.
Questions or appeals should be sent to the Uniformed Services Project Committee for review and clarification.