Opinion / Editorial
JROTC students honored on Saber Day
October 25, 2012Douglass High School
On October 18, 2012 at 1000 hours, the future soldiers of the red, white, and blue stood at attention on the cool grass of the FDHS football field awaiting the beginning of Saber Day. Onlookers watched from a distance as pride leaked from the faces of the cadets.
“JROTC helps us in preparing for our future. It allows us to learn discipline and respect for not only our elders, but everyone we meet and greet,” senior Demetrius Bradfield said.
The Sergeant Major towered over all his protégés, as his face gleamed with pride. His voice echoed throughout the stands as the parents cheered. The soldiers could hardly contain their excitement; constantly fidgeting as if they forgot all of their previous lessons. Cdt 1SG Jordan Varner opened the ceremony with the national anthem and the welcoming of students, majors, and guests. The trumpets began to rise. The flag of our forefathers blew in the breeze as the music began to play. Everyone rose in respect as their hands crossed their hearts, repeating the unforgettable tune.
As the parents began to take their seats, the presentation of the Sabers commenced. JROTC Cadre, LTC Ray Hill, SGM Danny Carter, and 1SG Woodrow Jacobs stood on the side of the field as each battalion walked up to receive their prestigious honors. Each solider earned a new rank that represented more than just an award, but a step closer to their future goals. The soldiers walked back into formation with their new honors gleaming in the sun. Each solider marched as they trailed behind Cdt LTC Thomassecia Crowder off the pitch and into the gymnasium.
“This day will be forever engraved in our hearts and minds, yet we know it is far from over. Our journey has not yet been completed, but reached yet another milestone in preparation for our future,” senior Demetrius Bradfield said.
By Ibrahim Carson