On Thursday, May 24, the youth volunteers of H20 and Harding Middle School hosted a remembrance ceremony to mark Memorial Day activities. Guests of honor included our area military veterans who were served breakfast, followed by a ceremony attended by the student body.
Of particular note was the presence of three former Lakewood educators, all of whom had served in the Second World War. Maynard "Doc" Unger, former Garfield teacher, had been an Army Air Corps radio operator on a B-17, who had been shot down over Germany and spent nearly 2 years as a P.O.W.. Dr. Richard Dutro had served as a teacher and an administrator for the Lakewood Schools, and had also served with the U.S. Army in Europe. Robert Rice had been a Lakewood music teacher, as well as a band, orchestra, and choral director at Harding School. Rice served with the 336th Army Band, and with the Chemical Warfare Service in the American Theater of Operations.
In a touching moment, Harding band director Brian Griebel introduced his own father, the well-known jazz musician Buddy Griebel, who was also a WWII Army veteran. Director Griebel also introduced Mr. Rice as having been his predecessor at Harding; the two men having provided 59 consecutive years of uninterrupted musical instruction at that school.
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