Holmes County High Schools JROTC Color Guard from Bonifay FL. Presents the National Colors at the Jacksonville Jaguars Preseason Home Opener:
On 20 August the JROTC program had the privilege of conducting probably one of their most exciting Color Guard details in the history of Blue Devil Battalion. After working diligently with the Jacksonville Jaguars organization over the past year, the Blue Devil Battalion was selected to present the National Colors at the first preseason (home) game for the Jaguars. There was eight cadets that was given the opportunity to attend / perform at the Jacksonville vs Tampa Bay game. The Cadets left early Saturday morning and arrived at Jacksonville’s EverBank Field approximately four o’clock.
Cadet Andrew Anders stated “This is the biggest city that I have ever been in” as we drove through the heart of Jacksonville. You would have thought the Blue Devils would have difficulty getting into a NFL football game with Color Guard equipment especially rifles but they were welcomed with open arms. The Color Guard was escorted into a restricted area for VIPs by Ms. Abby Elder of the Jaguars. There they met Akia Uwanda who had the privilege of singing the National Anthem and also they met the group that did the sign language for the National Anthem. The other half of the cadets were meeting the Drum line performer for the Jaguars.
The Color Guard visited the field for practice and then returned to the VIP room prior to being treated to a chic-fil-et / pizza dinner. Then it was show time. The cadets were in awe over their experience of the thousands of Jaguars fans that were present to watch the game. After marching out on the field with the Colors, the players were announced, and the National Anthem was sung. The Color Guard returned to the VIP room where they presented Ms. Abby Elder with a small token of appreciation for her hospitality shown towards them. She was given a coin of excellence (Blue Devil Battalion Coin) for all her efforts. The Color Guard was then released to put away their equipment and join the rest of the Blue Devils in the stands to watch an exciting football game. E
ven though the Jaguars came up short 27-21, it will be an experience that the Holmes County JROTC cadets will always treasure. There were a lot of memories made that evening and we would like to personally thank Jenn Toy of the Jaguars for making it happen. The Blue Devils performance on the field hopefully will allow them to return to Jacksonville for more Color Guard performances in the future.
Thanks again for all of the people who supported this successful event.
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