Fifty years ago, young graduates of Midwest City High School by the hundreds joined the military for the Vietnam War. Twenty-two former Bombers we’re killed in action.
Their sacrifice and the service of all other military veterans will be recognized in a Vietnam Memorial going up on the campus.
A black, granite “Wall of Honor” five feet tall will display the names and pictures of the 22 MCHS students who died in Vietnam. A stately circular plaza leading to the wall will contain pavers and bricks for honoring all other military veterans and former students.
Organizers are fundraising from alumni, corporations, foundations, and the general public to complete the $250,000 project. “There will be no cost to Mid-Del Schools,” said committee chairman Bob Osmond, Class of 1964. Inquiries and donations may be made by calling (405) 642-0277 or through the website, http://BomberVietnamMemorial.org.
“When complete, the Midwest City High School Vietnam Memorial will not only honor and recognize the 22 students listed on the black granite wall who gave their lives, as it should, it will also recognize all pre- and post-Vietnam-era veterans,” Osmond said.
The Mid-Del School Board approved the design in 2016, and the project is also endorsed by the non-profit Midwest City High School Museum and History Center on Elm Street, where the outdoor memorial wall will be constructed. The tree-lined plaza will have flag poles and bench seating and occupy 6,240 square feet. Students will pass through the plaza daily when disembarking from school buses or walking up from the student parking lot.
”The memorial will be a place of beauty and a lasting tribute to MCHS Students who demonstrate their commitment and devotion to duty and country by serving in the United States military,” Osmond said.
A limited number of 8” x 8” corporate pavers are available. Black Level sponsorship starts at $2,500, and Gold Level sponsorship starts at $5,000. Anyone can purchase an inscribed 4” x 8” brick for $100 each. All pavers and bricks can be inscribed with four lines of up to 18 characters on each line.
Challenge Coins can be purchased for $15 each. Each coin displays the MCHS Bomber logo on one side and a likeness of the Midwest City High School Vietnam Memorial Plaza on the other.
Planning on the memorial has been underway for three years. The concept was originated at the 50th reunion of the Class of 1964 and designed by Tony Callaway, an architect and Vietnam veteran who donated the design drawings and promotional video.