Academy seeks to honor veterans
DANVILLE — Kenneth D. Bailey Academy officials are looking for a few good men and women who have served their country to be considered for the school's new Wall of Honor.
The Wall of Honor will recognize Vermilion County veterans with a decorated military career and a record of community service.
Principal Tracy Cherry said officials hope to induct a minimum of five veterans this first year, and one every year thereafter.
Honorees will be announced at the school's honors assembly and then introduced at Danville High School's Salute to Veterans Concert, both in May. Then their pictures will hang on the wall opposite of the Kenneth D. Bailey mural, which recognizes the Medal of Honor recipient's military valor at the Danville school district's alternative school.
Like the school's namesake — a Danville High and University of Illinois graduate, Marine major and World War II hero — Cherry said honorees will serve as role models to the middle- and high-school-aged students and promote pride in the school and community.
"Not only for the fact that they served their country but also ... for what they've given to their community through their community service," she said.
Applications are available at the academy, 502 E. Main St., or the Jackson Building, 516 N. Jackson St. People may also request one by calling secretary Jean Lichtenberger at 217-477-0300.
Applicants must provide a letter of support for his or her nominee that includes detailed information about the nominee's military and community service experience and accomplishments, as well as two references who can verify the information.