Creighton Prep Memorial Plaza

This past Friday, it was my privilege to participate in ceremonies at Creighton Prep to dedicate the Dennis P. Circo Memorial Plaza, which honors the Prep alumni who gave their lives in war, and also to dedicate a section of Western Avenue – a part along the south edge of the Creighton Prep campus – as John Parle Drive.  My role in the ceremony was to speak about Parle, a Creighton Prep and Creighton U. alumnus who was posthumously awarded a Congressional Medal of Honor during World War II.  I was honored, and quite humbled, to share his story with the audience.

I took a few photos with my phone that you may enjoy.

plazaThe Dennis P. Circo ’65 Memorial Plaza has three panels.  The far left lists “Fallen Prep War Heroes.”  The middle panel identifies the 330+ Jesuits who have served at Prep.  The third honors the school’s presidents, principals and long-time faculty and staff.

FrLannon1One of Creighton Prep’s past presidents – and Creighton University’s current president – Father Tim Lannon, S.J., was kind enough to pose for this photo in front of the appropriate panel.Medal2Parle’s Medal of Honor, which normally resides in the John J. Parle Military Science Building on the Creighton University Campus, was on display.  (Thank you to our Military Science Department for sharing this treasure.)

streetsignThe City of Omaha approved the placement of commemorative street signs to honor Ensign Parle.

A few last things:
I can’t adequately express my appreciation to the kind folks at Creighton Prep for allowing me to participate.  You all put on a great program; you made it look effortless; and you made the rest of us – speakers, audience, everyone – feel welcome.  I am glad that our shared institutional heritage makes it possible for me to work with you every once in a while.

If you are interested in reading a bit more about the event:  Read Michael Kelly’s column in Saturday’s Omaha World-Herald.  (Even if you aren’t interested, read it anyway.  Mr. Kelly is an excellent writer whose columns never disappoint.)

If you are interested in reading more about John Parle:  We featured him in last year’s Creighton’s Attic Memorial Day entry.

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