Alum responds to class prompt project to honor veterans

As a high school senior, Daniel Robertson was prompted to answer the question, “What will I do for my world?” Robertson (’16) responded by leading an effort to honor those involved in the Doolittle Raid, a key part of the United States’ World War II strategy. The project culminated with a monument being placed in the Veterans Memorial Garden in Lincoln’s historic Antelope Park.

Now that you have had time to reflect on the project, what stands out in your mind?

The thing that stands out most to me is the fact that it is completed. It took over two years and I can say that it is accomplished…I can also add that I met many people and plenty who gave me help throughout. That is something that I am also appreciative of.

What does it mean to you that so many people are grateful for your efforts on this initiative?

It’s definitely a proud moment to me knowing that I took the initiative and had so many people congratulate me. I don’t mean to be prideful, but rather I just get excited when I think about it. [Working to install this monument honoring Lincoln’s veterans] definitely matured me and taught me how to handle several aspects of a project.

The people who have helped me are also part of this. When someone says they are grateful, then that makes me feel good. I did something for a historical period that I learned about. I hope those people like [the new Doolittle Raiders monument] too.

What kind of impact did Pius X have on this project, and your willingness to see it through to completion?

Well Pius gave plenty of foundation. The people there are nice and willing to help. It’s a place I’m proud to say I called my high school. The teachers helped me and also [supported the effort with] some donations. Priests kept me on the straight and narrow. I will one day give back to Pius just as it has given to me.

Daniel Robertson and Doolittle Raiders Monument