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Honoring Smithtown’s Heroes

High School East held its official ribbon-cutting for its new Wall of Heroes, dedicated to those who served the country, on May 26.

The wall honors Smithtown alumni – graduates of Smithtown High School East, Central High School and Smithtown Branch High School – who have served in any branch of the armed forces. The memorial wall honors those individuals who have defended America’s freedom. It features each individual’s name, military portrait, high school graduation year and branch of the military service. The digital display ¬– which has seven different monitors – currently features more than 100 graduates.

“Thank you for your efforts in making this happen,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mark Secaur. “We all owe a tremendous amount of gratitude to our men and women who have served in our armed forces.”

High School East Principal Dr. Kevin Simmons welcomed guests to the ceremony, including members of the American Legion Post 833, VFW 10810, Michael and Vera Wertheim and guest of honor James Gouras, a member of the Class of 1944. Dr. Simmons thanked the High School East leadership students, along with teachers Morgan Tavis and Bill Coderre, who worked on the Wall of Heroes during the last several years.

“Despite the obstacles and challenges we have faced over the past few years, our leadership students perserved and continued to move forward following the lead of Ms. Coderre and Ms. Tavis,” Dr. Simmons said. “Our leadership students stayed the course until this worthy and overdue mission was complete. This beautiful monument will proudly be displayed here at East for many years to come, reminding us all of the selfless acts and heroism of our alumni.”