Posted Date: 11/20/2019
On November 1, 2019 JROTC, cadets from La Joya High School led a Veterans Day Assembly in front of their Superintendent, administrators, teachers, visiting veterans and fellow students. This program was to honor the brave men and women who selflessly served our country in the armed forces. They also paid tribute to the Missing in Action (MIAs) and those who made the ultimate sacrifice in dying for our country. The assembly opened with a traditional color guard, which was comprised of the all-female color guard team. Cadets also educated the audience on the 13 flag fold and what each fold represents.
The guest speaker was Sergeant First Class (SFC) Retired David L. Heckman from Mission, TX who served this country for 20 years. He is a Vietnam Veteran who served a combat tour in the country of Laos from 1968-1969. He spoke about taking a moment to pay tribute to veterans we might see in passing, and telling them, “Thank you for their service.”
The veterans in attendance were given an American flag by the cadets of the La Joya JROTC department. Cadet Lieutenant Colonial Pricila Flores, Battalion Commander for the La Joya High School JROTC, and Coyote Battalion said, “The cadets put in long hours after school to prepare this program for our school. The program has been on the battalion’s long range training schedule since March of last school term. It’s great to see the cadets execute the program to perfection.” In addition, she said that she was proud that her battalion completed a milestone, by educating her peers on what Veterans Day is, and the different activities incorporated into JROTC.
JROTC (Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps) is a military program that motivates students to become better citizens as they learn leadership, teamwork and self-discipline skills. A major component of JROTC is character development: students learn about patriotism and donate their time through acts of service for the community and veterans.