A+ News: D-11 JROTC program organizes Veterans Day events

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JROTC students at Mitchell High School / Christina Dawidowicz -- FOX21 News

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Mitchell High School students plan all their Veterans Day events.

“We have a school wide assembly where we have a flag raising ceremony, we have a flag folding ceremony, we do a POW and an MIA ceremony,” said Rachel Garcia, a senior and wing commander for Mitchell High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program.

All schools within District 11 hold different events throughout the week.

Many JROTC programs work with other organizations, from middle and elementary schools, military affiliated organizations and more.

“Veterans Day is an opportunity to recognize veterans as they really are. To me, that means heroes. These are people who have risked their lives here at home and abroad, and often times they go unrecognized,” said Ian Robertson, a junior and deputy operations group commander for the wing staff.

Teachers say Mitchell High School has the biggest JROTC program in the state and one of the largest in the country, with more than 300 cadets.

In order to help all students better understand the reason for veterans day, they hold an essay contest where each student writes about why we honor veterans and how we can better support them.

“When we write these essays on how we support them, it opens your mind to how can we actually support them. ‘Cause people don’t usually think about that, they just think, ‘Oh, I’m supporting them because I think about them. But when you write this essay, your mind is more broad and open them, so you write other ideas on how you can,” said Sarah Lee, a senior and services squadron commander.

The winner of the essay contest will be chosen Friday and will receive a $25 gift card.


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