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Park High School ROTC students plan 24-hour Veterans Day vigil

Park High School student Tyler Cheslog will be awake at 3 a.m. Friday -- and marching outside.

Cheslog and 23 of his fellow Air Force Junior ROTC members will commemorate Veterans Day by conducting a 24-hour vigil at the flag pole in front of the school building on 80th Street.

The students were inspired by the soldiers who guard the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery and thought a local vigil would be a good way to honor military veterans, said Kathy Roby, the school's Air Force Junior ROTC instructor.

The students earlier this week developed a march routine for the vigil and rehearsed how they will enter and exit the vigil at the one-hour shift changes.

They will wear formal ROTC uniforms and be dressed for the chilly weather.

"We've told them there's a possibility there could be snow on the ground, but they've signed on the dotted line that this is what they want to do," Roby said.

The students will be "at attention" during the vigil, so will not talk to anyone who stops to watch.

"They're so excited about doing it because this is going to be something they'll remember for the rest of their lives," Roby said.

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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