We remember the approximately 300 Boys’ Latin alumni who served in World War I.
This year, the 175th anniversary of Boys' Latin coincides with another anniversary of international significance. As Mr. Maisel reminded the community at Friday's annual Veterans Day assembly, one hundred years have passed since the end of World War One, Armistice Day. Armistice Day commemorates the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front of World War I, which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning—the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month" of 1918.
Mr. Maisel focused on WWI in his remarks, noting that approximately three hundred Lakers served in what was then called The Great War. Eleven of them lost their lives in this conflict, and their names are engraved on the plaque outside of the Alumni House.
Pictures of many of these men, and of many other Lakers veterans, were displayed in a slideshow created by Mr. Maisel, with help from Tommy Hurley ‘19 and Evan Taliaferro ‘19. Boys’ Latin soldiers from every major American conflict - the Civil War through the second Gulf War - were projected onto the screen in the Iglehart Auditorium.
Mr. Post concluded the assembly with remarks about his memories of the commemoration of Veterans' Day as a student at the River School in Massachusetts. A school that he loved that reminds him of Boys’ Latin. River’s School has a flagpole with a plaque beneath with the names of alumni who fought and died in service to our country, just like Boys’ Latin.
He also shared more recent memories from his summer trip to Australia, where he met many locals who still look fondly on the U.S. for its loyalty and support during World War I. Mr. Post was moved by the Australians' understanding of their own history, and their continued fondness for their American allies. At one of these shrines, there is inscribed on the tomb of the unknown “Greater Love Hath No Man…” a reference to the saying “…Greater love hath no man than to lay down his life for another.” At that shrine, there is an aperture in the roof – a small hole that is purposefully positioned so that as the sun as it passes overhead at precisely the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, a single beam of light illuminates the word love.
He closed the assembly with a final exhortation to all in attendance: "May we always remember. May we never, ever forget."