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Understanding the sacrifices: Park's ROTC honors vets

Members of the Park High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps honored veterans of each war during a presentation of "Behind Veterans' Eyes" Monday at the high school. (Bulletin photo by Emily Buss)1 / 4
Park High School AFJROTC members portrayed fallen and surviving veterans of past wars while theater students read aloud actual letters written during combat. (Bulletin photo by Emily Buss)2 / 4
Park High School freshmen Logan Beaulieu, 14, (left) and Gabrielle Brown, 14, stand guard Monday during one shift of the 24-hour vigil. As members of the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, they were just two of many to stand guard in honor of Veterans Day. (Bulletin photo by Emily Buss)3 / 4
Park High School freshman Gabrielle Brown, 14, guarded the flag Monday as part of a 24-hour vigil kept by the high school's Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps in honor of Veterans Day. (Bulletin photo by Emily Buss)4 / 4

The Park High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps presented its seventh-annual Veterans Day memorial service on Monday, which incorporated a live performance by several AFJROTC and theater students, titled “Behind Veterans’ Eyes.”

Each year, Chief Kathryn Roby said the AFJROTC unit tries to outdo the previous year’s service and this year the cadets collaborated with several of the high school’s departments.

“There were a lot of moving parts this year,” Roby said of the event that featured students dressed as soldiers reading actual letters that had been written to loved ones. “We’re hoping that people understand the sacrifices these soldiers made and that they put their lives on the line.”

The event also featured the singing of “America the Beautiful” by the Par, band, concert choir and advanced women’s choir, and the the ASL Level 2 students signed the National Anthem. Also part of the Veterans Day program, AFJROTC cadets kept a 24-hour vigil outside the high school’s flag pole. 

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