It was a picture-perfect day for McDonogh’s annual Memorial Day ceremony on Thursday, May 24. The entire school community, along with Trustees, retired employees, and alumni gathered on Memorial Court to remember and honor those members of the McDonogh Family who lost their lives in service to our country. The solemn ceremony was punctuated by music performed by the Lower School Bell Choir, the Upper School String Ensemble, and the Lower School Concert Choir.
After the invocation, which was introduced by Molly B. '19, Director of Character and Service Bridget Collins '90 used the occasion to preserve the memory of Thomas W. Foy, Class of 1962 in the context of his relationship with his former teacher and coach Frederick “Fritz” Maisel, Jr. Maisel '37, a veteran of World War II. A company commander in the US Army with the Fourth Infantry Division, he was the first man out of his landing craft on Utah Beach during the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944. He returned to campus in the fall of 1948 as a science teacher and a football and baseball coach. Two years later, his eldest son Mack was killed in action in the Korean War. In 1968, Maisel and the McDonogh Family were heartbroken to learn of Foy’s death in Vietnam. Read more here.
The ceremony continued with the Lower School Choir, accompanied by Jacob R. '20, singing When the Angels Call Me Home. Then, in a recently adopted tradition, The McDonogh Uniform, by Eustace Glascock, Class of 1879 was read by McDonogh alumnus Brigadier General, Maryland Defense Force (Ret.) Frederic Smalkin, ’64 and student representatives from each division of the school (Sai T. '19, Kaia K. '22, and Nathan E. '26).
At the end of the service, Butch Maisel ’72, the proud son of Fritz Maisel and rising Senior Class President Ford B. '19 placed a wreath at the monument to honor our McDonogh Veterans.
After Taps, the benediction was introduced by Molly I. '19 and the student body dismissed in silence.
Throughout the rest of the day, students and guests visited the Rogers Lobby in the Edward St. John Student Center, where Butch Maisel, a military historian, displayed photographs of his father and Thomas Foy as well as a large collection of original artifacts that relate to their units and the life of the typical American soldier.