DPSCD Thanks Our Veterans for Their Service on Veterans Day Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021
Family man. Educator. Veteran. Those are among the monikers that describe the life and legacy of Alexander Jefferson, who served his country and our community with distinction and honor. On this Veterans Day (Thursday, November 11, 2021), DPSCD salutes the heroes and sheroes who have served in the United States Armed Forces and then served our community by working for DPS, now DPSCD.
Back to Jefferson. He was a Tuskegee Airman, the group of primarily Black military airmen and pilots who valiantly fought and saved the world from the threat of totalitarianism of their time. Like so many others, he returned home to Detroit to fight and persevere through another battle, racial discrimination, that permeated American life in the post-World War II era and beyond. And did he persevere!
Jefferson, a graduate of DPS’ Chadsey High School, returned to serve our community as an educator in DPS. He started as a teacher and worked his way up to being an assistant principal during his 30-year career with DPS. In addition to a slew of military medals including a Purple Heart, Jefferson’s rich legacy lives on to this day in our City. In celebration of what would have been his 100th birthday on November 15, 2021, a plaza and statue will be created on Jefferson Field, a site within Rouge Park, where he once flew model airplanes as a boy.
The rededication at Jefferson Field is among the noted activities involving the DPSCD community on Veterans Day. As part of the Detroit Historical Civil War Society Veterans Day service at historic Elmwood Cemetery, the District’s executive director of Community Affairs Tyrone Winfrey will deliver remarks during their service. Members of the Osborn High School JROTC unit are also expected to be part of the service. Other school level activities are anticipated to occur districtwide in recognition of Veterans Day.
DPSCD encourages our students and families to take a moment this Veterans Day and thank the veterans in your life for their service. Afterall, it is the sacrifice of military personnel such as Alexander Jefferson a generation ago, who enable us to live in freedom today, thus proving an opportunity for our students of this generation, to rise!