Pam Jeannin, with help from fellow Tonganoxie residents, cuts the ribbon at a dedication ceremony Thursday at the Chieftain Remembrance Walk outside Tonganoxie High School. Left of Jeannin, also in light blue, is Kelly Frantz, who is Jeannin's daughter. Frantz's husband, Cpl. Lucas Frantz, was killed in 2005 while serving in Iraq. The courtyard grew from an idea to honor Frantz and will recognize living and deceased members of the community for years to come.
What started as a small memorial to a fallen soldier has grown into a courtyard for Tonganoxie. Enlarge video
About 125 people attended Thursday's Chieftain Remembrance Walk in front of Tonganoxie High School, as schools Superintendent Richard Erickson and THS principal Jamie Carlisle, as well as Pam Jeannin and Kelly Frantz, who came up with the idea for such a venue, spoke at the ceremony. The THS band also performed the national anthem at the event.
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