Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Middle School Students Help Enhance Medal of Honor Grove

Friends of the Medal of Honor Grove recently shared news about two Owen J. Roberts Middle School students, Kaila Jakubik and Victoria Seagraves-Bennett.

The Medal of Honor Grove is located at the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge. The Grove is 42 acres of woodland, dedicated to our nations highest heroes, our Medal of Honor Recipients. To date there have been 3,503 medals awarded since the Civil War. The Friends of the MOH Grove began maintaining these acres in 2011 and have restored this memorial to the level of respect these men and one woman deserve. Check out their website at and our Facebook page.

As a 501c3, the Friends depend on community volunteers and donations to maintain and enhance the Grove. Companies, schools, scouts, organizations, veterans and individuals from the community volunteer service hours to help us.

This summer,Deb Woolson,Volunteer Director, Friends of the MOH Grove and Curator of the MOH Grove, Freedoms Foundation,was pleased to meet Kaila Jakubik and Victoria Seagraves-Bennett and work with them during their volunteer hours. Both Kaila and Victoria picked up sticks, branches, washed ground plaques and assisted in mulching. In addition, they happily took on the project to inventory ground plaques that need to be installed and separate those that are duplicates. They also helped staff a table when the Friends of the Grove had at a large concert on the Freedoms Foundation Campus a few weeks ago.

In July Freedoms Foundation and the Friends held a Re-dedication Ceremony for the Oklahoma State Area. Kaila and Victoria assisted in that event by handing out programs to attendees and met two MOH Recipients. Above is a photo of them with Recipients (L-R) Gen. James Livingston and Heroshi Miyamura.

Kaila and Victoria are fine examples of good citizenship of whom Friends of the Medal of Honor Grove wanted to shine a light. Deb Woolson commented, "This past summer they chose to spend hours volunteering at the Grove, the oldest living memorial to our Medal of Honor Recipients in the nation, when they could have done anything else. They have both grown to love and respect the Grove and already plan to attend our Fall Cleanup on Sat., Oct 6th and other upcoming workdays."

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