What started out as an idea for seasonal office decorations has become a
“wall of honor,” recognizing current and former SDCOE employees who
have served in the military.
Carol Jones, Aida Estrella and Rosalina Herrera put up the display at
the entrance to room 315 on the main SDCOE campus a few weeks ago, in
time for Memorial Day. It will stay up until at least July 4.
It includes pictures of about 15 people with connections to the SDCOE who are either currently enlisted or veterans.
The wall was a way to not only pay tribute to those with military service, but also to boost morale, Herrera said.
“We thought that with all the hardships so many of our departments are
facing here at SDCOE, we’d try to spring a bit of pride and honor by
focusing on and appreciating all of the strong, amazing men and women
who have served, or are currently serving, our country,” she said.
The idea to put up the memorial came from discussions about the best
seasonal decorations for the office over the next couple of months. The
trio decided that recognizing those in the military was perfect because
of Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.
Estrella, who is a sergeant in the Army, said she’s proud to have her
picture on the wall to remind her of her more than 15 years of service.
The display also was meant to remind others of the work military
personnel do every day and the sacrifices they make to protect the
country, Estrella said.
“I think a lot of people forget,” she said. “They shouldn’t take their freedom for granted.”
The display is available for employees or the public to view during normal office hours.
There is still room on the wall for more photos. Those who would like to
submit one can stop by the office or email it to one of the organizers. The photo
should include a full name, military branch, years served and SDCOE
Photo Caption: Aida Estrella (left) and Rosalina Herrera stand next to the Wall of Honor in Room 315.