Tuesday, September 26, 2006

New middle school honors memory of Sgt. Paul Smith

A new middle school in the Holiday, Florida hometown of Sgt. Paul Smith has been named in his honor.

Paul R. Smith Middle School was officially dedicated on August 25 before 500 family, friends, Soldiers, veterans, legislators, county officials and students, according to the Army News Service. Smith's 12-year old son David is now a student at the school that bears his father’s name.

The idea for naming the school came from retired Maj. Gen. Fred Raymond. "I told the board members that students could learn a lot about courage, selflessness, and service to country and community from Paul Smith's example," said Raymond. "Paul Smith is an outstanding role model for Pasco County students."

See the St. Petersburg Times Interactive Special Report on Sgt. Smith.

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