KEYSER - With the help of some representatives of Nancy Hanks VFW Post 3518 of Keyser, eighth grade students at Keyser Middle School unveiled the school's first “Freedom Shrine” Friday morning.
By Liz Beavers
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - With the help of some representatives of Nancy Hanks VFW Post 3518 of Keyser, eighth grade students at Keyser Middle School unveiled the school’s first “Freedom Shrine” Friday morning.
A freedom shrine is a collection of historic documents which highlight various events in American history and helps the public better understand the concept of freedom.
According to KMS principal Dr. Edward Holler, over 4,000 high schools and middle schools throughout the country have put together freedom shrines, which are “dedicated to the freedoms we enjoy in America.”
The national program includes a total of 32 historic documents from those as well known as the Constitution and the Gettysburg Address to lesser known pieces, such as Theodore Roosevelt’s Letter on Cuba or the German Instrument of Surrender in World War II.
Under the direction of social students teacher Tommy Nester, a group of eighth grade students were presented with the task of going over the possibilities and choose 10 to be featured in the front hall of Keyser Middle School.
The items now on display at KMS include:
- President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address.
- The original Bill of Rights, in Thomas Jefferson’s hand-writing.
- The Star Spangled Banner.
- The Gettysburg Address.
- The 19th Amendment, giving women the right to vote.
- Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
- The Emancipation Proclamation.
- The first two pages of the Constitution.
- The Declaration of Independence, in Thomas Jefferson’s handwriting and featuring edits by Benjamin Franklin.
- The 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery.
In addition, the shrine includes a plaque thanking Post 3518 for their sponsorship of the program.