Richards High School student Kylla Pate marches with the rest of the color guard unit at the “Salute to our Armed Forces” contest sponsored by VITAS at the DoubleTree Hotel in Alsip. | Supplied Photo
Updated: December 12, 2012 6:04AM
Students enrolled in the U.S. Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program from Richards High School recently volunteered at the “Salute to Our Armed Forces” event sponsored by VITAS Innovative Hospice Care.
The event recognized the service and sacrifice of nearly 300 veterans from the Southland. Richards students provided color guard service.
“The event served as a remembrance of their service and recognition of the sacrifice of those who did not return or were wounded,” said retired Cmdr. Doug Groters, the senior naval science instructor at Richards. “Each veteran was awarded a medallion in recognition of their service as they were called up by individual service and name.”
Richards student Angeles Ochoa-Raya read a dedication to military service personnel designated as Prisoners of War or Missing in Action. The event paid tribute to these veterans by reserving an empty table at the front of the room.
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