"Lest We Forget" (pictured left) is a display located on the third floor of La Salle College High School and is a lasting tribute to the alumni who lost their lives in defense of our country in World War II (28), the Korean War (8), the Vietnam War (4), and Operation Iraqi Freedom (1). Each man is represented by a ceramic poppy sculpted by a La Salle student and accompanied by a "dog tag" stamped with the soldier's name, deployment, and class year. In November of 2014, the ceramic poppies were placed in the ground outside of Saint Michael Hall and later moved to their permanent home in a custom display case on the third floor of the same building.
Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day because it was a time set aside to honor the nation's Civil War dead by decorating their graves. Each year on Memorial Day, a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3:00 pm (local time) and a ceremony takes place at Arlington National Cemetery when a small American flag is placed on each grave. It is also customary for the President to give a speech honoring the contributions of the dead and lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. During his Memorial Day speech on May 30, 2011, President Barack Obama honored the sacrifice of 1stLT Travis Manion, USMC '99 by laying a wreath on his grave at Arlington National Cemetery.