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This letter is to correct an important omission from last week’s Veterans Day coverage.
During the morning Honors Ceremony at the First Baptist Church and the Parade on Main Street, the presentation of the Colors was performed by the Nelson County High School Air Force Junior ROTC Color Guard.
Last week’s article made reference to the speaker’s question about whether people would basically go about their business and forget our veterans after the ceremony.
This theme of remembering veterans beyond Veterans Day would have been a great transition to acknowledge a group of young people who honor veterans virtually every day--the NCHS AFJROTC cadets.
These students wear the uniform of the United States Air Force one day each week at school and do it with pride and respect for others who wear the uniform every day—in that regard, they honor veterans. They have 30 Color Guard performances scheduled this year, where they professionally and respectfully present our nation’s flag, as they did in Taylorsville—in that regard, they honor veterans.
They perform community service in support of various projects supporting veterans and those who serve. Last year they sent 150 individual care packages, twice, to local Kentucky Army National Guard troops deployed to Iraq.
Just this week, I received a letter from the Flags4Vets organization; our cadets raised money for this group and the letter said, “Because of your dedication and hard work, Flags4Vets will be able to permanently fund the placement of 188 flags on the graves of 188 U.S. Veterans.”
These cadets truly understand the service and sacrifice of veterans and honor them virtually every day. This is just a sampling of what these cadets do to honor both veterans and active duty military, beyond Veterans Day, and doesn’t even begin to touch on the hundreds of community service hours they perform for other charitable activities.
All too often, we don’t give credit to young people who are doing the right things—I am very proud of the NCHS AFJROTC cadets’ acts of selfless service to their community and I wanted to acknowledge their integral role in the Spencer County/Taylorsville Veterans Day remembrance.
Donna Lucchese, Colonel, USAF (ret)
NCHS Senior Aerospace Science Instructor