TIME CAPSULE IN THE CIRCLE – 11/11/11 @ 11:11 am – Veteran’s Day
Today, an historic day was celebrated by staff beginning with a Veteran’s Day ceremony.
Meeting at the PAC, we retired the old flag and raised a bright, beautiful new one. Dianne read an account of John McCain’s experience in a POW camp in Vietnam. He recounted how they said the pledge of allegiance every day using a homemade flag stitched out of rags, sewn into the inside of a shirt. “Duty, Honor, Country. We must never forget those thousands of Americans who, with their courage, with their sacrifice, and with their lives, made those words live for all of us.” Sen. John McCain.
At 11:00 am, a group gathered in the circle to lower the time capsule. Dianne Blackett General Services Department Director read, The Thanksgivings, a prayer by the Iroquois Indian tribe, translated by Harriet Maxwell Converse (1835-1903). Harriott devoted her life to the cause and culture of the Six Indian Nations Tribe in the state of New York. We then all made a toast for a BRIGHT FUTURE with our “Champagne” bottles in hand. The count down began as the time capsule was lowered into its protective vault. 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1! To be opened in twenty years, 11-11-31. It was sealed and a plaque will mark the spot. The sun came out just in time for some great photos of the event.
Thank you to Roland and his maintenance staff for building a great time capsule, vault and organizing the flag ceremony. Thank you to Jennifer Sommers who took photos documenting the event. Thank you to everyone who took time out of their day to attend. It was great to see all departments represented, executive members, as well as Jerry Spanos, Chairman of the Board and Heritage Founder. Jerry stated his hope for the next twenty years is that even though our world with change a great deal, Heritage will still be in the business of helping youth, the future generations.
If anyone would like a copy of the two readings, let me know. Here is the itemized list of items in the time capsule. This is a day to write about in your journals. -- Dianne Blackett, General Services Director
General Services: building photo, staff signatures, business card, contraband list, 2011 calendar
Worship: various religious items
River Run: brochure, flyer, newsweek magazines
Therapy: DSM diagnostic book signed by Ernie, signed photo of therapists
Residential: logo shirt, staff flow chart, student enrollment list, student handbook
Med Records: jump drive in the form of tech deck toy , white tape dispensers
Nursing: first aid kit, MARS sheet
Rec Therapy: glow stick, flash light, Simpson’s DVD, cell phone
Administration: play program from The Wiz, tickets to Scrooge, staff phone list, stuffed animal, Center Stage pin, autographed book by Jerry Spanos
Maintenance: campus photos, staff photos, refrigerator thermometer
Academics: pencil, DVD, dictionary, classroom roster, 11-11-11 Newspaper
Food Services: collection of Heritage favorite recipes