SOUTH SALT LAKE, Utah (Good4Utah)-While cleaning up around Granite Park Junior High School, the principal at the time found a slab of bronze buried among old stage props and filing cabinets.
After dusting it off, Danny Stirland realized he was looking at a plaque created more than 70 years ago to honor former students of Granite Junior High School who were killed in World War II.
“It is truly amazing; we’re so glad to have found it here,” Stirland said.
Once the plaque was taken out of storage, Granite Park staff combed through old yearbooks to try to find photos to match the 22 names listed on the plaque. The photos were placed on a wooden mount underneath the plaque. The full memorial was put on display in the main entrance at the school. It served as the focal point of Granite Park’s Veterans Day Assembly. Surviving family members of the 22 Granite alumni attended an assembly Friday morning. Some traveled from out of state to be in attendance.
“He was a great young man,” said Bert Elg, who lost his brother in World War II.
Alongside his family members, Elg told ABC4’s Brittany Johnson how he lost his brother, Staff Sergeant Frank Charles Elg.
“He was on his way to Africa by way of South America and somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean their plane went down. There was no wreckage found. No one survived the crash,” explained Elg. “It’s hard. It’s hard to talk about it.”
Each family was given a memorial folder, framed biography, and flag from Granite Park administrators.