report submitted by Col. George Waller Chapter President Bob Vogler
Under the supervision of LTC David King, a member of the Col. George Waller Chapter in Martinsville, Cadets of the Trojan Battalion Army Junior ROTC program at Tunstall High School (Pittsylvania County) with the assistance of the Martinsville Exchange Club recently replaced the Freedom Shrine, which has been missing since the school renovation began in 2009. The Freedom Shrine is a collection of over thirty facsimiles of key documents from the history of the United States
Mr. David Bandy, the Tech instructor at Tunstall, installed plywood backs for the plaques and an outline of the Liberty Bell for the Exchange Club sign and the Shrine has been mounted in the JROTC/ English wing of Tunstall High School. Mrs. Adrian Nester’s Advanced Placement English writing classes were the first classes to use the shrine for their study of key documents. “Citizenship in American History and Government” is a key component of the Army Junior ROTC curriculum and the study of these documents is an important part of the Junior ROTC mission “to motivate young people to be better citizens.” The Freedom Shrine is once again readily available for use by all the students at Tunstall High School.