By: Alejandro Lucero, Online Editor
On Friday, November 7, James River held it’s annual Veteran’s Day assembly where many special guests, such as Korean War veterans and members of the Richmond U.S Marine Corps League, attended the ceremony.
The ceremony kicked off with a video compiled by graphic design students, which then transitioned into the ceremonial presentation of the national colors led by the Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) Honor guard.
A round table discussion, introduced by Tom Tokarz, allowed for the veterans to answer some student questions.
“A veteran is a person, male or female, who’s served active duty or reserve, whom at some point, filled out a blank check made payable to the United States of America, for the amount of his/her life,” said Tokarz, as he concluded the discussion.
The guests moved on with the NJROTC cadets to the memorial outside of the school for the brick and wreath laying led by Coach Yonta and the NJROTC Honor Guard.
“Take each day to reflect and thank a veteran,” said principal and Army veteran Mr. Jeff Ellick. “Let’s honor the veterans within our hearts today and through all of the free tomorrows.”