Category Archives: Honor Guard

Remembrance of Lance Corporal Karl R. Linn

January 26th makes the 14 year anniversary of the day when LCPL Karl R. Linn, a JRHS alumni, was killed in action in Iraq.  This year, to honor his life and sacrifice, our Honor Guard traveled to Culpeper Cemetery, to render honors and lay flowers for LCPL Linn’s grave.


Simultaneously, cadets went to Karl Linn Dr. to clean up litter on the street, and to place a new bow on the sign in honor of LCPL Linn.


Take some time today to remember LCPL Linn, his life and sacrifice, and the sacrifice of all those who have given their lives protecting our country.  Don’t forget those who have lost their sons and daughters in the line of duty.

JRHS Veterans’ Day Ceremony: Cold War Roundtable

On Friday, 4 November, 2016, JRHS NJROTC hosted the annual JRHS Veterans’ Day Ceremony. This year’s theme was in honor of all Veterans who served our nation during the Cold War and the Ceremony featured a Roundtable discussion with several veterans who answered questions submitted by James River students about their time in uniform. After the ceremony, the Cadets and veterans reported to the Memorial for a wreath-laying ceremony.


  • Official Party:
    • Lieutenant Colonel Phil Koren, US Army (Ret.)
    • Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Ritchie, Virginia Army Reserve National Guard
    • Master Sergeant George Corbett, US Army (Ret.)
    • Specialist Carl Robinson, US Army (Ret.)
    • Dr. Jennifer Coleman, Principal, James River High School
  • Refreshments:
    • Center for Leadership and International Relations
  • National Anthem:
    • JRHS Chamber Ensemble
  • Color Guard:
    • c/ENS Aundrae May, Right Rifle
    • c/ENS Spencer Willett, American Flag
    • c/PO2 Clark Brandau, Navy Flag
    • c/PO2 Kiara Prera, Right Rifle
  • Armed Forces Tribute:
    • JRHS Orchestra
  • Light/Sound Direction:
    • JRHS Theater Dept.
  • Side Boys:
    • c/ENS Victor Bellamah
    • c/ENS Anthony Ing
    • c/CPO Quinn Lilly
    • c/CPO Thomas Kaupish
    • c/SN Gustavo De’Matos
    • c/SN Logan Easingwood
    • c/SN Joel Ezell
    • c/SA Stella Crump
  • Bosun’s Whistle:
    • c/SA Jesse Oliva
  • Bell Ringer:
    • c/CPO Devin Lowe
  • Escorts:
    • c/LTjg Emma Friedrich
    • c/LTjg Daniel Markey
    • c/ENS Alex Freeman
  • Memorial Walk Detail:
    • c/SA Jesse Oliva
    • c/SA Stella Crump
    • c/SA Savva Sidorov
    • c/SA Eric Alvarenga
    • c/CPO Devin Lowe
    • c/ENS Anthony Ing
    • c/ENS Spencer Willett
    • c/LTjg Thomas Shashaty

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Memorial Day Assembly (31 May, 2016)

Thank you to all Cadets, Students, Teachers, and Guests who attended yesterday’s Memorial Day Assembly to honor all fallen American servicemen and women from the Revolutionary War to the present day, including two JRHS Alumni, USMC Lance Corporals Jourdan Grez (Class of 1999) and Karl Linn (Class of 2002). Following the ceremony in the auditorium, the Unit and distinguished guests participated in a wreath laying ceremony at the memorial to Linn and Grez.

Sixth Annual James River High School Memorial Day Ceremony

Wreath Laying Ceremony, Memorial Day Assembly 2016

In honor of LCpl Karl R. Linn (Class of 2002), LCpl  Jourdan L. Grez (Class of 1999), and all those who have died in service to the United States of America

Ceremonial Duty Roster

  • Master of Ceremonies:  c/LTCDR John Booker, Commanding Officer, JRHS NJROTC
  • Music:
    • Opening instrumentals: JRHS Orchestra, (cond. Justin Turpin)
    • National Anthem and “America the Beautiful”: JRHS Chamber Ensemble (cond. Marissa Parsons)
    • Taps: Ethan Massey and Daniel Newsome, JRHS Wind Ensemble
  • Author/reader, “Purple Hearts” (poem): Jessie Lynn Conner
  • Official Party/Candle Lighters:
    • Mr. Dick Linn, Father of LCpl Linn, Gold Star Family
    • LTC Phil Koren, Military Order of the Purple Heart
    • Joy Mullens, Navy League, Richmond
    • Rev. Rocky Angone, Wreaths Across America
    • Dr. Javaid Siddiqi, School Board Member, Midlothian
    • Col. Jeffrey Ellick, US Army (ret.), Principal, James River High School
    • Mr. Chris Negaard, Teacher, US/VA History, James River High School
    • Nick Burns, Student, James River High School
    • Erin Kasemersky, Student, James River High School Center for Leadership and International Relations
    • Danny McCabe, Senior Class President, James River High School
    • Dr. Jennifer Coleman, Assistant Principal, James River High School
  • Color Guard:
    • c/PO2 Meily Yong, American Flag
    • c/LTJG Daniel Markey, Navy Flag
    • c/LT Eden Price, Right Rifle
    • c/LTJG Luke Ewing, Left Rifle
  • Side Boys:
    • c/PO2 Spencer Willett, Pipe
    • c/LT Tom Curran, Bell
    • c/LT Kaitleen Rivera
    • c/CPO Quinn Lilly
    • c/SN Gustavo DeMatos
    • c/SCPO Kevin Juarez
    • c/SN Logan Easingwood
    • c/ENS Anthony Ing
    • c/PO2 Kiara Prera
    • c/LTJG Thomas Shashaty
  • Wreath Laying:
    • Mr. and Mrs. Richard Linn, Parents, LCpl Karl R. Linn
    • Mrs. Donna Dollings, Teacher, Jourdan L. Grez
    • Dr. Javaid Siddiqi, Honoring All Fallen Soldiers
  • Wreath Presentations:
    • c/LT Kaitleen Rivera, Honor Guard Commander (2015-2016)
    • c/ENS Anthony Ing, Chaplain
    • c/CPO Quinn Lilly, Honor Guard Commander (2016-2017)
  • Honor Guard Detail (furthest to closest):
    • c/LTJG Daniel Markey, First Lieutenant
    • c/SN James Bowes
    • c/PO3 Daniel Cappiello
    • c/PO2 Kiara Moya-Prera, Assistant PFO
    • c/PO2 Kevin Brandau, Platoon Leader
    • c/PO2 Devin Lowe, Assistant Supply Officer
    • c/SN Joel Ezell
    • c/CPO Thomas Kaupish, Platoon Leader


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Principal Ellick Brick Laying Ceremony

As a surprise gesture of gratitude to our retiring Principal, Colonel Jeffrey Ellick, US Army (ret.), members of the JRHS NJROTC Honor Guard presented him and his family with a brick to be laid in the walkway of the memorial honoring Lance Corporals Jourdan Grez and Karl Linn. Several members of the JRHS office and administrative staff were present. Commanding Officer Cadet Lieutenant Commander John Booker said a few brief words prior to the ceremony, and Principal Ellick made his gratitude known to the Unit, posing for a picture with the very Cadets that presented him his brick.

All Company Formation: Fri, 18 March

On Friday, 18 March, the unit held an All-Company Formation. During the formation, Principal Ellick spoke to the Cadets about the unit’s impressive performance at Area 5 Championships and was presented with the Second Place Academic trophy earned at Area. Also featured was a performance by the Unarmed Exhibition team, which preceded several awards, including  the frocking of Cadets Jack Pearcy, Spencer Willett, and Meily Yong to the rank of Cadet Seaman (E-3) and Cadet Daniel Cappiello to Cadet Petty Officer Third Class (E-4). In addition, the Company Staff roster for the 2016-2017 Academic Term was announced. The Cadets of the month for March, 2016 are Cadet PO/3 Daniel Cappiello for the NS1 award and Cadet PO/3 Quinn Lilly for the upperclassman award. HOORAH to all Cadets who received these rewards and the ones listed below:

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Veterans Day 2015 (Assembly and 5K)

The NJROTC cadets in partnership with the Leadership and International Relations Center will host our 4th Annual Veterans Day assembly on Friday, 6 November 2015. As a follow up to our 2013 and 2014 assemblies in which we hosted five WW II and five Korean War veterans respectively in a round table discussion, we will host six Vietnam War veterans on stage. 2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War with our first ground combat troops deploying to Vietnam on 8 March 1965. We invite all Richmond-area Vietnam era veterans and their guests to join us for both our pre-assembly reception at 1115,  the assembly at 1205, followed immediately by a brick and wreath laying ceremony at our memorial circle. Please register here online.

On 7 November 2015, our very own Physical Training Officer c/Ensign Ewing will lead our effort to host our Second Annual Rapids Run for Veterans 5K. All proceeds will benefit our local Fisher House, a non-profit organization that provides veterans’ families a place to stay at no cost while their loved one is receiving medical treatment. Click here to register!

The same day registration is at 0930, the Fun Run for kids starts at 1030 and the 5K will start immediately following the Fun Run.  The 5K is run entirely on the James River High School campus.  The entry fee for Vets and students is $15 and $20 for all other participants. Same-day registration is $20.  “Top 10 Runner” t-shirts will be given to the top 10 runners.  Sugar Shack will sponsor a light breakfast and a meet and greet with local veterans.

Student questions

Vet Video