About the Wall of Honor at the
Piedmont High School Library 

The Wall of Honor is intended to recognize and honor service to our country by those in uniform and in the foreign service from WWI to the present and into the future. In 2014, upon viewing the Ambassador Chris Stevens Memorial collection,
the mother of a Piedmont High School graduate who was serving in the U.S. Marine Corps realized that our school and wider community needed a way to publicly appreciate the service and sacrifice of all those who choose to serve our country.  

Historical photo of David Waybur Receiving the Medal of Honor in WWII.  Photo Credit: Unknown  

Historical photo of David Waybur Receiving the Medal of Honor in WWII. 

Photo Credit: Unknown

 

Since that time the Wall of Honor Organizing Committee has worked diligently to assemble the names of those from Piedmont from WWI to the present who have served in the five branches of service and the foreign service.  

Working with the guidance of the Piedmont Historical Society and the City of Piedmont, an old wooden sign which has been stored for decades under the Oakland Avenue bridge was dusted off and photographed. On this sign were recorded the names of nearly 1000 Piedmonters who served in WWII Piedmont High School students created a spreadsheet of these names and cross-referenced them with the Piedmont High School yearbooks to determine graduation years. Continuing to build the databank
of Piedmonters who have served, the list expanded to include the names of those who were killed in action in WWI as documented on the marker in the center of Piedmont. A further list of names for the databank came from a 1963 PHS graduate who served in Vietnam and who has kept track of Piedmonters who served in the Vietnam and Korean war eras.

Current service members and those who will service in the future will be added to the service member list. 


The family of Ambassador Christopher Stevens upon installation of the Memorial Collection at the PHS Library. Photo Credit: Jennifer Fox Photography.

The family of Ambassador Christopher Stevens upon installation of the Memorial Collection at the PHS Library.

Photo Credit: Jennifer Fox Photography.

Cleaning and documenting the names written on one of the dusty signs stored under Oakland Avenue Bridge with over 900 names of Piedmonters who served in WWII.  Photo Credit: Jennifer Fox Photography

Cleaning and documenting the names written on one of the dusty signs stored under Oakland Avenue Bridge with over 900 names of Piedmonters who served in WWII. 

Photo Credit: Jennifer Fox Photography


With the help of the community the Wall of Honor databank will be as complete as possible. Community members and alumni are encouraged to submit additional names and information about those from Piedmont who have served in the military branches or the foreign service over the decades.   

 

To build a professional exhibit that honors our service members and a robust website & databank suitable for use by students in a school setting and by the community at large is expensive.  Please consider a donation of any amount to help the Wall of Honor become a reality by May 2017.