On November 10, 2023, The Maryland Gold Star Mothers were invited by Dr. Jackie Baugh from the Severn School to the Severn School’s annual Rolland M. Teel Distinguished Alumni Award Ceremony & Veterans Day Assembly. The Assembly was held at The Severn School in Severna Park, Maryland. Gold Star Mothers Paula Davis, Theresa Karson, Khadidja Keita, Donna Robinson, and Stephanie White represented the chapter. The assembly began with the introduction of Severn’s 2023 Distinguished Alum, Dr. Katherine Graw Lamond ’96. This is the highest honor the school can bestow upon an alum and Severn congratulated Dr. Lamond for her many accomplishments and for her inspiring remarks at the assembly. Following Dr. Lamond’s address to the audience, which included all Upper and Middle School students (and their grandfriends), the assembly shifted to the recognition of Veterans Day. This included the playing of the Armed Forces Medley where guests were invited to stand during any portion of the medley that was meaningful to them, followed by several recitations by students. In a solemn nod to Severn’s long-standing military ties and tradition, the assembly concluded with a reading of the school’s memorial roster. One by one, the name of every alum who gave the ultimate sacrifice was read (85 in total), and for each one an Upper School student representative would quietly stand and depart the assembly. The Annapolis High School NJROTC presented and posted the colors at the event.
After the assembly, the Mothers were given a tour of the Century of Service Monument, which pays tribute to the more than 1,500 Severn alumni who selflessly served this country. The monument features a brick wall adorned with over 1,500 rivets – a visual representation of the Severn alumni who have courageously served in defense of our nation. The names of these men and women continuously scroll on a display panel that is integrated into the monument. The other significant element of the monument is a 1,000-pound ship’s anchor, which is estimated to be 100 years old. Signifying Severn’s historic association with the armed services, this signature component rests upon a raised platform adjacent to the commemorative wall. The Mothers were also invited to lunch afterward by Jamison Wildt’s mother. Last year Jamison Wildt spoke at the assembly. His speech included the mission of The Gold Star Mothers – as they honor through service. The Gold Star Mothers were recognized during the ceremony and were given a gift bag. The Ceremony ended with the playing of TAPs and Retiring of Colors.