Cross Country Archway Dedication

Archway Runthrough
Archway Dedicated at Riverview Middle School in Honor of Jackson Wright
Posted on 05/07/2024
Sam Wright and FamilyHuntington, IN  — In a heartfelt ceremony held at Riverview School, the community gathered to witness the dedication of a memorial archway honoring Marine Corps veteran Jackson, who tragically passed away almost two years ago. The event was attended by his parents, Brenda and Sam Wright, who spearheaded efforts to immortalize their son's legacy and impact on the community.

Jackson, a former student of Riverview Middle School and Huntington North High School, left behind a profound influence on those who knew him. His parents, Brenda and Sam, channeled their grief into positive action, establishing annual memorial band scholarships and now, with the completion of this archway, a lasting tribute at Riverview Middle School.

The dedication ceremony, attended by school board member Tim Allen, local business leaders, Riverview students and staff, showcased the community's unity and support for the project. The archway, an architectural masterpiece, was meticulously crafted by Mr. Travis Ricker and Mr. Brice Kaylor of Huntington Sheet Metal, with support from other local businesses including GrayCraftSigns, Inc. and Doc's Crane & Rigging.

"We are immensely grateful to everyone who contributed to making this dream a reality," expressed Sam during his speech at the ceremony. "From the initial idea sketched on a notebook to the finished archway, the journey was filled with challenges, but the outpouring of support from the community has been overwhelming,” states Mr. Wright.

The dedication ceremony was a solemn yet uplifting occasion, symbolizing the resilience of the human spirit and the enduring power of community support. Athletes from Riverview School were invited to initiate the archway's use by running through it, symbolizing the official opening of the course and echoing Jackson's spirit and passion for running.

The memorial archway stands not only as a remembrance of Jackson's life but also as a testament to the collaborative efforts of a community determined to honor and celebrate the life of a beloved son, friend, and athlete.

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