As you know, the movie Hacksaw Ridge opened in theaters on November 4th. As a result, our school, which is named in honor of Desmond Doss, has had some special opportunities to celebrate his memory. One such moment was on Thursday, November 3. The Lynchburg Veteran’s Council motorcycle group came by our school after first laying a wreath on the site of the road sign of the Desmond Doss Memorial Highway in honor of Desmond Doss. (You can see the first post about this event here.)
Upon their arrival, which included some 39 bikes along with a three-car police escort, these veterans lined their motorcycles in front of the school and spent time mingling with the staff and students. This group was so kind and generous as they shared their time with the students. They even allowed many of the kids to sit on their bikes, which was a thrill for the students.
Various children proudly displayed signs made in honor of Desmond Doss. The signs had Desmond’s photo and the following caption, “Pfc Desmond Doss, hometown hero and Medal of Honor Winner. Portrayed in the movie Hacksaw Ridge, Nov. 4.”
Principal Steve Doss commented, “Before this visit from these veterans, I didn’t think I could ever be more proud to be part of Desmond T. Doss Christian Academy than I already was. However, as I watched everyone interact, I realized I was wrong.”
On the following day, Mr. Doss received an email from one of the riders, Walter “Skip” Folks, who is the Assistant State Captain with the Patriot Guard Riders. His email said:
“Yesterday was a great day for your school and for a true ‘American Hero’ [Desmond Doss]. Our visit with your students and staff was just amazing. It was an honor for us to drop by and get to meet with everyone.
“As you may know, most of our rides are to honor veterans at funerals, memorial services, and other moving events. Usually, these events are sad and difficult for most of us. This ride was very special. It involved honoring a veteran hero, but then at the academy, the joy and happiness expressed by your students was uplifting. Everyone at the academy should be proud of what you stand for and the incredible amount of discipline and respect the students showed our group. Thank you all and God Bless!” -Skip Folks
What a blessed event this was in honor of Desmond Doss, not only because of Doss’ strong faith and his heroism, but also for our students to meet and interact with all of these other veterans who so bravely dedicated their lives to protecting our country.
We would like to thank the Lynchburg Veteran’s Council motorcycle group for including us in this special memorial and for your great kindness and generosity to our students. We would also like to thank you for proudly serving our country.