Teenagers at a local high school continued a tradition of honoring veterans. Today, ROTC students at Davenport Central High School recognized alumni who were killed while serving in the military.
Colonel Kenneth , Garrison Commander on Arsenal Island, says the program is important for students whether or not they decide to join the military. "There's two meanings it has for me. A reflection and recognition of sacrifice from the fallen and an opportunity to talk to the future of America"
The American Legion Color Guard began the ceremony, then current and former soldiers talked about the importance of honoring the dead. ROTC students Rebecca VanVooren and Sam Reynolds read the names of the alumni that were killed in action.
Reynolds, a senior at Davenport Central, values the leadership skills he's gained in ROTC. "Every veteran has gone to middle school, has gone to high school. This is to remember those who have gone to our school, who have walked these very hallways, have known our teachers, and have given their ultimate sacrifice for our country". Reynolds plans to study international relations and serve in the Iowa National Guard.
Former student Roy Shinler organized the first salute five years ago to honor his grandfather who was killed in world war two. Shinler is now studying at a military school in Vermont and plans to join the army after graduation.