Historical Marker Event

RECAP OF BAKER HIGH MEMORIAL MARKER

SATURDAY MAY 18, 2013

Dear Lion & Lioness:

 Saturday May 18, 2013 was a very, very special day.  Several of us estimated there were anywhere from 150 to 200 in attendance.  We had thunderstorms in the morning as some of us got wet erecting the tents up for the event.  The attendance would have been much larger had we not had the storms in the morning.  The weather cleared as the event started.  The ceremony finished at about 3:45 PM and shortly after that the clouds appeared again.  I guess that the Baker Clan in HEAVEN, led by our principal Mr. Oscar P. Boyles, must have pleaded with the GOOD LORD for a break in the weather.

There were many pictures and videos taken.  Bumpy Lanier ‘59 will work on a presentation and I will place it on YouTube for all to enjoy.

The ceremony started at 1:10 PM.  All were having such a good time that the master of ceremony, Woody Royster had difficulty in getting all to seat and start.  After the master of ceremony remarks it was followed by the opening prayer led by Minister Ken Pritchard ’60.  Ken also shared with us his emotions of that day especially when a funeral procession going south on Victory Drive with plenty of sirens tried to disrupt our ceremony.  Ken lives in Warner Robins, GA and he was not going to miss it come snow or rain.

 Paul Voorhees ‘64, keynote speaker had his notes and speech written but was too emotional in reading the notes so he spoke from the heart.  He delivered an emotional and spirited talk.    His main focus was that, “Baker High School building is gone but we are Baker High”.

 John Crimmel, LEO President gave some brief remarks.

 Columbus City Council members Mr. Huff and Mrs. Thomas read a Proclamation and brief remarks. 

 Member of the historical society gave brief remarks.

 David Barrow ’57 read the words on the marker.

 Unveiling of the marker was done by the Marker Committee members.

 I, Ismael (Ish) Nazario ’61 after recognizing four of the 1945 class members that were present with us, led the singing of the Alma Mater.  While at Baker, certainly we sang the Alma Mater many times and started again 7 years ago while at the Baker quarterly luncheons.  It was last week that I decided that it is time to learn and reflect on the words to the Alma Mater.  I read it as a poem and I realized that it is who we are.

 

In the Pines of Dear old Georgia

Stands the School we love

WE WILL ALWAYS KEEP HER STANDARDS

TOWERING HIGH ABOVE

Alma mater thee we honor

TRUE AND LOYAL BE

Ever crowned with grace and glory

Baker hail to thee

 

WE WILL NEVER EVER FALTER

WE WILL DO OR DIE

AND FOR US THE BLUE AND WHITE

WILL EVER WAVE ON HIGH

Alma Mater thee we honor

True and loyal be

Ever crowned with grace and glory

Baker hail to thee

 

Read it as a poem and meditate on it.  I think that as our key note speaker, Paul Voorhees, said, “WE ARE BAKER HIGH” May the GOOD LORD bless us all.

 Ismael (Ish) Nazario ‘61

 PS:  You can view the 13 minute videoof the Marker Ceremony at https://www.youtube.com/d_-DX-Q7eF4

 

 

 


     
   
 
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