A call to everyone in the U.S.A. and around the world!
Memorial Day in America is a United States federal holiday which occurs every year on the final Monday of May. Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Formerly known as Decoration Day, it originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service.
We sincerely appreciate our past and present service rendered by our military men, women and their families. When we take up the charge to recognize and even politicize our gratitude to those that serve as bulwarks to constantly preserve and defend not only our honor and respect, but more importantly protect and defend our freedom as well as our physical safety, we as fellow citizens must ask, ‘what have we done for our military men, women and families (past and present) lately to ensure their freedom from an impoverished life of illness and degradation?’ We must recognize the enemy which is sometimes ourselves when we stand by while those that have served and are still serving are deprived from their basic needs when they are the ones that give so much to receive so little.
This Memorial Day as Americans (whether potential or future} we must remember our past, acknowledge our present and recognize our future together as one nation, under God, undividable with liberty and justice for all.
1. Recent activities by Port St. Lucie High School cadets
Port St. Lucie High cadets present Colors at awards ceremony
The cadets of the Jaguar Battalion from Port St. Lucie High School presented the Colors for the Senior Awards Ceremony recently at Indian River State College from three programs — Educational Talent Search, St. Lucie Upward Bound, and Upward Bound Math and science. The ceremony began with the presentation of the Colors, by the Jaguar Battalion, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. The cadets that participated were Cadet Staff Sergeant Robert Hopkins as commander holding the National flag, Cadet Corporal Lily Durst holding the State flag, Cadet Staff Sergeant Cole Herndon and Cadet Sergeant Tyrone Salazar as the guards. Pictured, from left, are Cadet Staff Sergeant Cole Herndon, Cadet Staff Sergeant Robert Hopkins, Cadet Corporal Lily durst, and Cadet Sergeant Tyrone Salazar.
Port St. Lucie High cadets appreciated at local festival
The Port Saint Lucie High School JROTC Jaguar Battalion conducted a Color Guard at Sportsman’s Park for the annual Caribbean-American Festival. The festival is a friendly competition between Caribbean-American residents in Port St. Lucie. The Color Guard, led by Cadet Second Lieutenant Tyler Lynn holding the National flag, followed by Cadet Corporal Travis Moberly carrying the State flag, and Cadet Corporal Brandon Shriver and Cadet Staff Sergeant Jaffery Murankus posted as the guards. The Caribbean-American participants greatly appreciated the excellent performance by the Jaguar Battalion Color Guard.
REF: Lucie Links Newsletter (SLCSD) May 2013
2. Cadet activities around St. Lucie County School District
Ft. Pierce Central cadets present colors at Senator Rubio event
Fort Pierce Central High School ROTC cadets presented the National Colors at the St. Lucie County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner recently in Port St. Lucie, where U.S. Senator Marco Rubio was the keynote speaker.
Centennial cadets tour Navy SEAL Museum
Recently, 31 cadets from St. Lucie West Centennial High School Navy Junior ROTC unit toured the national Navy UDT-SEAL Museum located in Fort Pierce. Upon arrival, cadets viewed multiple Navy patrol craft, two underwater SEAL delivery vehicles, and two Apollo Spacecraft training capsules. After entering the building, the cadets were guided through a World War I exhibit by a tour guide and then toured the rest of the exhibits on their own. They saw the actual 10,000 pound, fiberglass lifeboat where Captain Richard Phillips, of the Maersk Alabama, was taken hostage by Somalia pirates and saw how the SEALs rescued him. They also saw a miniature model of Osama Bin Laden’s compound and house diagramming how the SEALs conducted their raid. After touring the museum, cadets stopped by the gift shop to purchase t-shirts and other memorabilia.
REF: Lucie Links Newsletter (SLCSD) May 2013
3. Together we stand, divided we fall! We are the United States of America.
“For their service and sacrifice, warm words of thanks from a grateful nation are more than warranted, but they aren’t nearly enough. We also owe our veterans the care they were promised and the benefits that they have earned. We have a sacred trust with those who wear the uniform of the United States of America. It’s a commitment that begins at enlistment, and it must never end. But we know that for too long, we’ve fallen short of meeting that commitment. Too many wounded warriors go without the care that they need. Too many veterans don’t receive the support that they’ve earned. Too many who once wore our nation’s uniform now sleep in our nation’s streets.”
-President Barack Obama, March 19, 2009
“Thanks to the extraordinary service of our men and women in uniform, we’re winding down a decade of war; we’re destroying the terrorist network that attacked us; we’re strengthening the alliances that extend our values. And today, every American can be proud that the United States is safer and stronger and more respected in the world.”
-PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA