Honoring Our Veterans

Reported by Monika Garcia and David Garcia

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JROTC members stand together in recognition of our country’s servicemen and women.

A Veterans Day ceremony was held today in the courtyard of the M building to honor those who served in the armed forces.

The ceremony was hosted by the members of the JROTC with an attentive crowd of near two hundred. They were all there to honor those who pledged to protect our country’s safety and liberties.

“Veterans Day is a day to honor all of those who served,”  said NEISD police officer Edward Duncan. “Everone I knew served voluntarily.”

JROTC SSG. Kiki Chavez shares her thoughts with those in attendance.

Mr. Jeffry Van Slyke said this day “shows that the American spirit is still alive.”

JROTC Capt. Robhea Garcia shared her perspective. “Veterans Day is also a day to remember fallen comrades, ” Garcia said. “Giving respect and being mindful of those who fought and are still with us. No matter what.”

Capt. Garcia is among many high school JROTC students considering a career in military service.  Veterans welcome the youth.  Colonel LaChance echoed the support.

“I think about all the young, soldiers I served with where I had the privilege to command,” said Col. LaChance. “They impressed me.”

Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day, commemorating the end of World War I.

Junior Giovanna Hernandez speaks with LTC (R) Scott Koast and Mr. Jeffry van Slyke about the significance of Veterans Day.
Military veterans and veteran teachers LTC(R) Koast, Mr. Van Slyke, Mr. Carnes, Mr. Pierce, and Officer Duncan.

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