Hammond Seal Gets ‘Navy Style’ Guard
Through the thoughtfulness of Capt. Sam Moncure, USN (ret.) and the courtesy of the United States Navy, Naval Weapons Laboratory, Dahlgren, Va., Hammond High School become the recipient of a guard rail to protect the school seal inlaid in asphalt tile in the front corridor of the building by the graduation class of 1962.
This class requested that a tradition of not stepping on the seal be instituted. At times this has proved difficult as visitors to the building were not aware of the tradition.
On a recent visit to Hammond, Capt. Moncure says he was politely but firmly moved off the seal. Being a Navy man, and since Hammond was named for a Navy Congressional Medal of Honor winner, Francis C. Hammond, he felt the seal needed the Navy Treatment accorded a special ceremonial spot on the quarter deck of a ship.
The Naval Weapons Laboratory at Dahlgren designed a most attractive guard rail of simulated shells in brass and navy blue, joined with a white cord.
These, together with an identification plaque, were presented to the present senior class at a special assembly recently by Capt..Moncure and Lt. W.M. Taylor, representing the Naval Weapons Laboratory.
Tack Nix, president of the class of 1964, accepted the gift on behalf of the class of 1962 and all present students of Hammond.