On Thursday, Nov. 3, students and staff at Desmond T. Doss Christian Academy in Lynchburg, Va. were visted by the Lynchburg Veteran’s Council motorcycle group. The group came by the school after laying a wreath on the site of the name of the Desmond Doss Memorial Highway. Upon their arrival around 40 bikers with three police car escorts lined their bikes in front of the school and mingled with the staff and students. “As I watched everyone interact I didn’t think I could be more proud to be part of DTD ever,” said Steve Doss, principal. “Butm I was wrong. The next day, I received an email from Walter Folks who is the head of this veteran’s group. His email reads as follows:
Yesterday was a great day for your school and a true “American Hero”. (Desmond Doss)
Our visit with your students and staff was just amazing. It was a 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!
“So you can see why I was wrong,” says Doss. The school has received a lot of attention as the premiere of the movie Hacksaw Ridge drew closer. The Lynchburg City Council recognized Desmond T. Doss Christian Academy with a presentation from the vice mayor. Students there were asked to lead out in the Pledge of Allegiance. Many of students, family members and faculty attended in honor of the school and it’s namesake.