The Hebron Middle School JROTC Panther Corps will organize and host an annual Veterans Day ceremony Friday Nov. 9 at 1:00 p.m.
“Hebron JROTC is in its fourth year and have over 50 cadets,” Hebron cadet and Team Leader Josie Flaig said.
Cadet Flaig has personal motivation to ensure Veterans Day is observed.
“I had an uncle that died serving in the Army,” she said. “We should honor the veterans who fought in wars for us. It is the importance of remembering people who have served in our Armed Forces and the sacrifices they have made.”
This year’s guest speakers include Honor Flight Bluegrass Mike Mansfield, retired USMA veteran Cletis Evans and a special guest Bluegrass Honor Flight participant.
The mission of the Honor Flight is to locate and identify eligible veterans to visit their respective war memorials located in Washington, DC and to provide each veteran with the opportunity to receive the accolades for service from a grateful nation to a Hero’s Welcome Home.
State Rep. Linda Belcher will also be present for the ceremony and reception.
Cadet Flaig said Hebron staff who served in the military will be recognized for their service. Hebron JROTC Panther Corps will provide the Presentation of the Colors. Hebron musicians and choir students will perform patriotic songs.
Light refreshments will be served following the ceremony.
The sponsors of Hebron’s JROTC Panther Corps are Nancy Hutchins, Katie Cottner, Clay Hartsell and Denise Roeller.
“Veterans Day is important and we should celebrate it to remember the many who have given their lives for us,” Roeller noted. “We should not only celebrate veterans on Veterans Day but every day. Everywhere we see them such as the grocery store or the restaurant we should show them respect.”
Organizing the Veterans Day program is one act of service performed annually by Hebron cadets.
“Our cadet leaders are expanding opportunities each year such as attending North Bullitt High School JROTC’s Eagle Battalion’s Summer Leadership Academy and presenting the colors at Freedom Elementary’s Veterans Day ceremony,” Hutchins said.
Over 30 former Hebron cadets have enrolled in North Bullitt’s JROTC program.
NBHS JROTC First Sergeant Eugene Siler stated, “The Hebron JROTC club is a key component to the North Bullitt JROTC program. The combined partnership between both programs creates an atmosphere for students to learn, evolve, and to become role models within their school and community.
This year marks the 80th anniversary commemorating Veterans Day which has been observed each November 11 since 1938.