April 11, 2014 – Mentor Public Schools Superintendent Matthew Miller received a surprise honor at Tuesday’s Board of Education Meeting. The Commander of American Legion Post 352 took the stage during the Hearing of the Public portion of the meeting to share a special honor.
“Our post took a vote and we elected to present you with this American Flag,” said American Legion Post 352 Commander Doug Koman. “We are giving this to you in appreciation for your leadership in education and support of the U.S. Military and its veterans with esteem.”
Mr. Koman said he has been impressed with how Mr. Miller has reached out to and built relationships with local veterans and military members in the community since his arrival in Mentor. The American Legion post and its veterans are especially pleased with the new tradition Mr. Miller initiated at Mentor High School, the annual Military Commitment Ceremony. The Military Commitment Ceremony honors Mentor High School seniors who plan serve their country in a branch of the military after graduation.
“It has been my pleasure to meet and work with Mr. Koman and the members of American Legion Post 352, along with members of VFW Post 9295 and active military leaders to create an important event that recognizes our brave students,” Mr. Miller said. “Being presented with this beautiful flag and engraving was quite a nice surprise, but I truly feel the privilege is all mine to have the opportunity to work together.”
The second annual Military Commitment Ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, May, 7 at 9:30 a.m. at Mentor High School. The community is invited to attend.
“It is not an easy decision for one to make the commitment to put service before self and it’s something to be commended,” said Mentor Board of Education President Mary Bryner. “Seeing this synergetic relationship between our schools and veterans emerge to honor our well-deserving students is exciting for the Mentor community.”