GRAND LEDGE, Mich. — To honor alumni who are fallen soldiers, Grand Ledge Public Schools held a ceremony on May 30 for two former students who died in the war in Afghanistan, unveiling memorial decals on two of its buses that honor the students.
Grand Ledge alumni Senior Airman Jason Plite (Class of 1999) and Specialist Bradley Rappuhn (Class of 2004) were honored in the event.
John Legus, transportation supervisor, Grand Ledge Public Schools, said he got the initial idea from a story he read in School Bus Fleet magazine about a school district conducting a similar event.
“[In the story] they said it was the perfect way to honor those soldiers, and Grand Ledge is a tight community,” he explained. “When I read that article, I thought ‘it’s the right thing to do [for] the two soldiers that died defending our freedom in Afghanistan.’ It’s a way for us all to reflect and never forget.”
However, he added, the transportation department — technicians, drivers and office staff — developed the idea for it together and began planning the event about a year and a half ago.
“[We are all] emotionally connected and proud to be a part of this,” he explained.