On May 25th our NJROTC unit hosted an assembly to honor all who have died or are presumed dead in combat. The main event of the assembly was the lighting of the candles. There were 9 total candles, representing the brave men and women who died in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Cold War, the Gulf War, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Following this was a guest speaker, Lieutenant Colonel Koren. He told the story of his experiences in Vietnam, and of what it is like to lose a friend in war.
To conclude the ceremony, the song “Some Gave All”, by Billy Ray Cyrus, was played.
After the main assembly ended, the cadets and guests moved outside to lay wreaths upon the memorial of Karl R. Linn and Jourdan L. Grez, our two JRHS graduates who gave their lives defending the first democratic elections in Iraq.
The price of freedom is a heavy toll, and we as Americans must be forever grateful and supportive to all who have given up their lives and families for the sake of it.