JROTC holds solemn Pearl Harbor ceremony
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS The Panther Valley Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Color Guard, led by Platoon Leader Joseph Bevins, is poised to place the colors in the high school lobby in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
The Panther Valley Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps marked Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on Tuesday with a solemn ceremony in the lobby of the high school.
The corps' color guard, led by Platoon Leader Joseph Bevins and including Ashton Walck, Cassandra Schmitt and Angela Piscitelli, marched a perimeter hall from the back to the front of the school as Battalion Commander Courtney Lazar read a Presidential proclamation over the loudspeaker.
"President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared December 7, 1941, a 'date which will live in infamy'. With over 3,500 Americans killed or wounded, the surprise attack by the Imperial Japanese on Pearl Harbor was an attempt to break the American will and destroy our Pacific Fleet. They succeeded in doing neither," Lazar recited. "On National; Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we pay tribute to the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, and we honor all those who selflessly served our nation at home and abroad during World War II."
The Color Guard then posted the flags on either side of a Christmas tree in the school's lobby. Lazar placed a large wreath in the center. After a smart salute, the cadets rotated guard duty at 10-minute intervals for an hour.
The ceremony, Lazar said, was to "remember and honor those who fought when we were attacked so unexpectedly. We do this here at the school to show other students and staff that we still remember, and we still honor those who fought for us and who died.
In addition to Bevins and Lazar, the ceremony, under the direction of Commander Kenneth Markovich, included Jeremy Thomas, John P. Heckman, Joseph Whilden, Chelsea Digiglio, Georgiana Butler, Lazur Zenon, Jessica Reis, Austin Gladd, Lisa Neal, Gabrielle Booker, Ashley Miller.