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Johnson Cadets Remembers a “Date Which Will Live in Infamy”
A cool hill country winter like morning with temperatures in the 40s, could not keep Claudia Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson High School from remembering a ‘date which will live in infamy.’ The Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (AJROTC) cadets recalled the attack upon Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 69 years ago with their first Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremony. Prior to the beginning of the school day on December 7th, the cadets gathered around the school’s flag pole to observe this solemn occasion with an appropriate ceremony. The ceremony was directed by the cadets and included a brief historic account; an audio clip of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's now-famous speech to a joint session of Congress, delivered the day after the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor; and answered the question why we must remember Pearl Harbor. “Let me take you back 69 years ago” opens Cadet Command Sergeant Major Joshua Bock, Master of Ceremonies. “The year is 1941. America is at peace and her foreign policy is wrapped in isolationism which has left Britain alone to fend off the Nazi Regime and no one to check Japan’s march across Asia and the Pacific” adds Bock. Bock went on to recall the historic events of the day and further explained why we must remember Pearl Harbor. “We remember the 2,403 sailors, Marines and soldiers that paid the ultimate sacrifice on December 7th 1941,” said Bock.
As the Honor Guard, consisting of six cadets, raised our Nation’s Flag to half-staff, the Johnson cadets stood at attention and saluting as President Roosevelt’s “Day of Infamy Speech” played in the background. Additionally, the audience rendered appropriate courtesies too. “The ceremony was an opportunity for the community to observe the National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day and to say “Thank You” to those who have guaranteed our freedoms and the American way of life” said LTC (Retired) Alan W. Maitland, JROTC Senior Army Instructor.
Roosevelt JROTC Cadets respond to flag request and teach protocol
Three Roosevelt High School JROTC student/cadets served as first responders to a request from Philip Carney, Principal at Ed White Middle School for assistance in the proper protocol and etiquette in raising, lower and recovering the flag on an daily basis.
Cadet/Captains James Rodriguez, Greg Risemas and Rodney Lawson responded immediately giving of their time before and after the school day to present new flags, United States and Texas, to the school, post the colors in the morning and recovering the colors in the afternoon while teaching a selected group of middle school students the proper procedures, protocol and flag etiquette. When asked why they eagerly jumped at the chance to do the training and help Ed White Middle School, Captain Rodriquez responded “It our flag, its one of our feeder schools, our community and we want to make sure it is done right!” Captain Lawson said “We get trained on how to treat the flag and its important that we show people how to do it correctly” Congratulations gentlemen, keep up the good work and we salute you for your service!
North East ISD - JROTC Service to others
Area JROTC units join together for Community Service work on TAPS Memorial Boulevard/Harry Wurzbach
Cooperation, collaboration and communication have resulted in a terrific Community Service program in which five North East Independent School District JROTC Battalions (Roosevelt, Lee, Madison, Reagan and Johnson High Schools) joined together with the Alamo Heights and Cole High School JROTC units to work with the City of San Antonio to adopt the newly named TAPS Memorial Blvd or other wise known as Harry Wurzbach, to perform litter clean up at least four times a year. San Antonio City Councilman John Clamp, District 10. worked with the Cadet Battalion Commanders to orchestrate the “Adopt-A-Spot” program which would periodically remove litter and trash from along side and in the median of this gateway thoroughfare from Interstate loop 410, south to the north gate of historic Fort Sam Houston and the combined United States Military’s Joint Medical Training facility. Student/cadets developed a comprehensive clean up plan, assigned specific responsibility areas to each of the seven schools, coordinated police, safety and equipment with San Antonio City agencies and the “Keep San Antonio Beautiful” organization for recycling and trash removal after each scheduled clean up. The student/cadets have submitted concept plans for improving the access (sidewalk) along portions of TAPS Memorial Blvd and continue to work with District 10 staff to participate in beautification efforts along this major traffic artery leading into Fort Sam Houston.
Selfless Service is a tenant of the JROTC Cadet Creed and all of the JROTC programs in the North East Independent School District participate in and render volunteer service to the school and community. Students select, organize and conduct “Service Learning Projects” and School and Community Service Projects when asked or tasked. The invaluable lesson to be learned in these kinds of activities is to serve mankind and our community in the giving of ourselves to achieve something greater for the whole of mankind. Some examples of volunteer service our student/cadets participate in are: Stocking and sorting at the San Antonio Food Bank; landscaping new homes built by Habitat for Humanity, Cleaning Up our environment thru Adopt-A-Spot and Adopt-A-Highway; Care and cleaning at the Animal Shelter and Animal Rescue Shelter, providing food and toys for our homeless population, preparing and serving thousands of Thanksgiving meals to those less fortunate in our community, providing care and comfort to Hurricane Refugees and providing the presentation of colors at hundreds of community meetings throughout our city. All cadet volunteer service hours are to be recorded in the cadet records.
Many JROTC cadets and parents accumulate well over 100 hours of volunteer service which qualifies them for a Presidential Volunteer Service Award.
The North East Independent School District is fortunate to have many community minded parents that dedicate hundreds of thousands of hours in volunteer service to the school and community. The example set by our dedicated volunteer parents sets a terrific role model for our student/cadets to follow. Our parents continuously serve as chaperones, drivers, team parents and fund raising entities for the JROTC programs.
“Lady Bird” Johnson JROTC Leads Independence Hill Parade
On a bright, sunny Saturday afternoon, cadets from the “Lady Bird” Johnson High School Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) participated in the Independence Hill Retirement Community Fall Festival. On October 16, the cadets lead the way with a five cadet Mixed Color Guard to kick-off the festivities with a parade.
As the parade winds through the community, the “Liberty Guard” Armed Exhibition Drill Team and the Johnson “First Ladies” Unarmed Exhibition Drill Team captivated the parade bystanders with their award winning performances. At the conclusion of the parade, the two drill teams once again bedazzled the audience with their performances. The “First Ladies” fast paced, snap and precision drill performance would rival any Saturday aerobic workout. The audience observed in awe while the “Liberty Guard” Drill Team repeatedly tossed the almost nine pound, demilitarized model M103 Springfield rifles in routine sequence and unison some four feet in the air and catching them as part of their performance.
The cadets from the “Exemplify Success – Nothing Less” Battalion were honored to have been invited by the Community to take part in their Fall Festival. “I thought it was an honor to march in the parade and see the people rise to their feet as our Nation’s flags passed” said Cadet Private Ricky Williams, a first year cadet. “I thought it was an outstanding thing to do for our veterans who fought for our country adds Williams. “I loved the experience and will be honored to return again” said Cadet Private Andreanna Brunson, also a first year cadet.