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
- Center for Leadership and International Relations
- National Anthem:
- 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:
- Light/Sound Direction:
- 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:
- Bell Ringer:
- 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
On Saturday, November 5th 2016, JRHS NJROTC partnered with the JRHS Center for Leadership and International Relations to host the Third Annual Rapids Run for Veterans 5K. With participants ranging from Cadets to Teachers and other adults, the 5K raised funds for the Fisher House organization, which helps families of Veterans undergoing medical treatment away from home to have a place to stay. Each participant received a shirt and a special shirt was given to the top two finishers, military veterans, and a running club who came out to participate. The top finisher, James River Government Teacher Mr. Alexander Addison, also received a memorial plaque. We would like to thank that Cadets and Leadership students who volunteered and our Commanding Officer, c/LTCDR John Booker, for organizing this event. We hope to see many of the volunteers and runners back here next year as well.
Wednesday, November 11th, Cadets Markey, Jackson, Friedrich, and Willett traveled with Commander Greenwald to Brookdale Elementary School, Providence Middle School, and Midlothian High School to perform Color Guards at each one of their Veterans Day services. The four cadets performed a total of four Color Guards, two at Providence Middle School and one at each of the other schools. The cadets’ tribute to all veterans, living and deceased, was truly an honor to provide.
On Saturday, November 7th, the unit held the 2nd Annual “Rapids Run For Veterans” 5K, organized this year by Cadet Ewing, the unit’s PFO. Donuts (from Sugar Shack, an acclaimed local doughnut shop), coffee, water, and other food items were provided for Veterans and runners. Cadets participated in and helped run the event alongside student volunteers from the JRHS Center for Leadership and International Relations. The event raised a record $2K, all of which were donated to the Fisher House foundation, a charity that helps wounded veterans and their families with lodging for medical treatments that require them to be away from their homes for an extended period. All participants received a shirt designed by Commander Greenwald’s daughter (see featured image for design); however, the top ten runners each received a special version of the shirt denoting their top ten status.
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.