Jefferson County School District embarks on a new path to memorialize fallen heroes

The Jefferson County School District is partnering with the Grateful Nation Project to connect students to those who gave all to preserve our freedom.

The Project will provide a package of hero cards to middle and high school libraries. Each Hero Card displays a fallen service member’s image along with a brief summary of their sacrifice. The numbered card will lead the student to a permanent online narrative for that specific Hero that can be more thoroughly researched as a class assignment.  The Project will include any service man or woman from the Revolutionary War to present who died or was killed while actively serving in uniform.

Our purpose is to make it easy for educators to provide a resource that will lead our next generation to report on and celebrate our legacy of freedom. It is important that the phrase “Never forget” be part of our student’s education. While the Project is an ideal fit for the weeks leading up to Memorial and Veterans Day, gratitude for our freedom is timeless.  We invite all interested county residents to go to if you would like to register a family member. This will result in a Hero Card being produced at no cost, for national distribution. On the site, you will also find instructions on how to memorialize him/her in a permanent online record.

The Grateful Nation Project will also be in the forefront of countywide sponsored patriotic celebrations with large reproductions of cards being displayed prominently.

Individuals, businesses and other organizations are encouraged to donate and sponsor the Projects involvement in these functions.
For more information, please contact Leslie Purser (757) 537-0734 or Doug Ibbetson (865) 985 4780.

Source: Submitted by Doug Ibbetson, Jefferson County School Board Member