On May 30, 2016, there was an unveiling of two new Veteran Memorial panels at the Perkinsville Green during the annual Memorial Day celebration. Two local, popular, and much admired veterans were honored posthumously for their years of service and for their bravery! The families of Roger Eastman and Victor Jarvis were present for the unveiling of the memorial panels.
Four people worked closely together to create these two beautiful panels. First, Chip Cobb, Chairman of the Veteran's Memorial Committee, had a vision for the panels and shared his thinking with Weathersfield School's Art Teacher, Linda Reeves-Potter. Linda taught graphic design to the two students selected to create the panels. She also coached them on becoming familiar with the person and their lives, even though the two students had never met the men they were memorializing. Together, the two students and Mrs. Potter worked as a team to create two collages, with pictures and words, to make the memorial panels more meaningful and appealing. Ozzie Jewett, WS 8th grader, created the panel for Roger Eastman,who served in the US Navy during World War ll. Virginia Snyder, also an 8th grader in Weathersfield School, created a panel to honor Victor Jarvis, also a US Navy man who fought in the second world war, as well.
Both of these veterans are superb examples of bravery, patriotism, and dedication to their families and to their country.
Mrs. Potter was present to observe the students present the panel replicas in frames to the family on Monday.