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Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Maxine and Bert Elg look at a display of Granite Junior High School graduates who were killed in World War II during the South Salt Lake school Veterans Day ceremony on Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. Bert's brother Frank was one of the 22 alumni who were honored during an assembly.

Maxine and Bert Elg look at a display of Granite Park Junior High School graduates who were killed in World War II, including Bert's brother Frank, during the South Salt Lake school's Veterans Day celebration Friday. While cleaning out a storage closet at the school, then-Principal Danny Stirland noticed a peculiar slab of bronze buried among the stage props and filing cabinets. As it turned out, the dusty slab was created more than 70 years ago to honor the school's former students killed in the war. Granite Park staff then combed through old yearbooks to try to find photos to match the 22 names listed on the plaque. The photos were then placed on a wooden mount underneath the plaque, and the full memorial is now on display in the main entrance at the school. Surviving family members of the 22 heroes attended Friday's assembly, where they received a memorial folder, framed biography and flag from Granite Park administrators.

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