On Veterans Day, for the first time in the museum’s three year history, we opened our doors to TV news cameras. Reporters were immediately impressed by the extensive array of artifacts and the brilliantly created displays that depict soldiers from the Revolutionary War through the War on Terror. “It’s Smithsonian-like,” said one of the reporters.
Reporters quickly learned, what we already know, that this one-of-a-kind facility is more than a museum. It is a living classroom and a place where students and visitors commemorate the service and sacrifice of veterans, particularly Boys’ Latin alumni.
This Veterans Day, we held an all-school assembly followed by the laying of a wreath in front of the Alumni House to honor our alumni who lost their lives in service to our country. Major Garry Colbert, U.S.M.C., a member of the Boys’ Latin Class of 1997, spoke at the assembly about what Veterans Day means to him and the impact Boys’ Latin had on his career and life choices. “At Boys’ Latin, I learned the importance of respect and hard work. Teachers and faculty showed genuine care and concern for the boys and gave of their time and talent,” Major Colbert told the boys.
After the assembly, Major Colbert was able to visit the museum for the first time, and he was overwhelmed by the display of him in uniform. “I have a hard time understanding how little old me could be in this museum among so many great men.”
During their time on campus, the press was able to visit the museum, interview Major Colbert, and, most importantly, gain an understanding of the personal stories that make our museum so special. Links to the coverage provided below:
Founded in 1844, Boys’ Latin School of Maryland is an all-boys private school serving boys in grades K-12. World-class faculty, challenging academics, and character development remain the hallmarks of a Boys’ Latin education. We equip young men with 21st-century skills; that is why we actively teach critical thinking, collaboration, leadership, problem-solving, integrity, and compassion. The outcomes speak for themselves: Boys’ Latin graduates attend top colleges and universities and are prepared for the real world and ready to make a difference.