Liberty Memorial Project
Since the school’s opening in 1939, more than 6,000 graduates of Ottawa Hills High School can be found in every corner of the world, following their life’s passions and facing its challenges. Of these graduates, more than 175 have had the opportunity to serve our country through military service – with seven giving the ultimate sacrifice.
The Liberty Memorial Initiative was started to honor those who served and sacrificed by creating a three-part memorial. Each connects the memory of past Ottawa Hills students to the issues of today with visions for the future:
A flagpole memorial construction, including a circular brick walkway to surround the pentagonal flag base, upon which will be placed the names of those who have served with a special recognition to those who lost their lives.
An annual Speaker Series to support and enhance the teaching of topics related to civics, history, and responsible citizenship not only for our country but for the world.
The annual Liberty Memorial award, presented to a student who best demonstrates academic achievement in civics, social studies, government, history, and a demonstrated commitment to service for the larger community that pursues a more productive and naturally sustainable world. Chosen by a committee of high school faculty and alumni, the recipient receives an American flag that has been flown over the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., the State House in Columbus, and over the Liberty Memorial during that year and his/her name will be engraved on a plague inside the high school.