Stu­dents pay trib­ute with drama, deco­rum

Lorain High stu­dents paid trib­ute to vet­er­ans with a cer­e­mony that com­bined drama and deco­rum.

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - FRONT PAGE - By Richard Pay­erchin rpay­erchin@morn­ingjour­nal.com @MJ_Jour­nalRick on Twit­ter

Lorain High School stu­dents paid trib­ute to the na­tion’s vet­er­ans with a cer­e­mony that com­bined drama and deco­rum.

On Nov. 7, the stu­dents and lo­cal vet­er­ans gath­ered for “Hon­or­ing All Who Served,” for a cer­e­mony in the Lorain High Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter.

It was an honor and priv­i­lege for the Lorain stu­dents to be in the pres­ence of the com­mu­nity’s vet­er­ans, said Lorain High Ex­ec­u­tive Direc­tor Daniel Garvey.

“We must al­ways re­mem­ber that we, and many oth­ers around the world, are in­debted to our armed ser­vices for the free­dom and lib­erty we en­joy,” he said.

He thanked the at­tend­ing vet­er­ans and called for a round of ap­plause for them.

“I also want to thank you for the ex­am­ple you set for our young peo­ple here at Lorain High School,” Garvey said. “I can think of no bet­ter group to ex­em­plify what it truly means to live out the core val­ues we hope to in­still in our young peo­ple.

“Your ex­am­ple of hu­mil­ity, ser­vice, sac­ri­fice and ex­cel­lence is ad­mirable and wor­thy of ad­mi­ra­tion.”

The school takes pride in the JROTC pro­gram, Garvey said.

The trib­ute in­cluded pre­sen­ta­tions from the Army JROTC cadets, along with The­atre Depart­ment stu­dents who took the stage with po­etry and pho­to­graphs hon­or­ing those who served.

The Lorain High School Wind En­sem­ble opened with “Peace Mak­ers,” a con­cert march.

JROTC Cadet Cpl. Karelis An­gulo led the post­ing of col­ors on stage and Cadet Maj. Sam Dan­drea led the Pledge of Al­le­giance. Cadet Sgt. 1st Class Veron­ica Ribaric sang “The Star-Span­gled Ban­ner.”

Stu­dents Lewis White, Dy’An­dre Mer­cado, James Dav­ila Jr., Kieshawn El­liott and Fey Ola­toye earned a hug of thanks from The­atre Depart­ment ad­viser Wendy Hall.

Hall is the sis­ter of Lorain na­tive Lance Cpl. David R. Hall, who was killed in ac­tion while serv­ing in the Marines in Afghanistan.

The stu­dents also will ap­pear in “A Piece of My Heart,” a stage play sched­uled Nov. 16 and 17 in honor of vet­er­ans.

Dan­drea and Cadet Com­mand Sgt. Ma­jor Matt Gan­non, Cadet Cpl. David Laboy, Cadet Pvt. Xavier San­ti­ago and Cadet Pvt. Mer­alis Go­tay-Cotto pre­sented their swords as a trib­ute to five empty chairs rep­re­sent­ing pris­on­ers of war and those miss­ing in ac­tion while serv­ing in the armed forces.

Cadet Capt. Cheyenne Sowards ex­plained the sym­bol­ism

of the white table­cloth, the sin­gle can­dle adorned with a yel­low rib­bon.

“Re­mem­ber: All of you who have served with them, and called them broth­ers and sis­ters, who de­pended upon their might and aid and re­lied upon them, re­mem­ber them, for surely they have not for­got­ten you,” Sowards said.

Stu­dent Kyle Czatt played “Taps” to con­clude the cer­e­mony.

RICHARD PAY­ERCHIN — THE MORN­ING JOUR­NAL

Lorain High School JROTC cadets pay trib­ute to ser­vice mem­bers miss­ing in ac­tion as part of the school’s Vet­er­ans Day cer­e­mony Nov. 7 at the school’s Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter.

RICHARD PAY­ERCHIN — THE MORN­ING JOUR­NAL

Lorain High School JROTC cadets pay trib­ute to ser­vice mem­bers as part of the school’s Vet­er­ans Day cer­e­mony Nov. 7 at the school’s Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter.

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