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JROTC Cadets Host Service at Lowell High

November 18, 2018

LOWELL -- Lowell High School’s Air Force JROTC cadets hosted a recent Veterans Day ceremony honoring the service of LHS veterans, local veterans from the Greater Lowell Veterans Council and local recruiters, along with AFJROTC family members who have served in the U.S. armed forces.

During the ceremony, each veteran was recognized for his or her selflessness, service and bravery with a salute from an AFJROTC Honor Guard cadet.

Two freshman cadets -- Winnichai Chum and Michele Pham -- read speeches on “What Veterans Day means to me.” Their speeches described thoughts about the day and the dedication and sacrifice veterans have had to make over the years.

The event also included a summary of the LHS Normandy Academic Program by teacher/Army veteran Sgt. Justin Spencer and LHS student Victoria Kim. Victoria shared experiences from her visit to Normandy Beach, France.

The LHS Show Choir sang the national anthem and a beautiful tribute to veterans in harmony with a video called “Thank You Soldier.” Band member Jack Newton played taps, and the AFJROTC Honor Guard, commanded by Cadet Lt. Col Perez. performed the traditional flag-folding ceremony.

Marine Corps veteran and Chelmsford native Bradford Busteed, a 2005 graduate of Chelmsford High School, gave a moving speech about what it means to be a veteran and his tour in Fallujah, Iraq.

The LHS Veteran’s Day ceremony was a moving tribute to thank all those that served our great nation.

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