Knoxville Tennessee South-Doyle High School Honors Veterans:
November 11, 2014 was a busy day for South-Doyle’s Army JROTC “Cherokee Battalion”. It started out with an early-morning visit to the East Tennessee War Memorial in downtown Knoxville. The war memorial has special meaning to the Cherokee Battalion. Four JROTC alumni have their names inscribed on the memorial for paying the ultimate sacrifice against the war on terror . The four graduates lost to the wars in the middle east include PFC Patrick Fitzgibbon, PFC Tommy Chance Young, SGT Eric Fifer, and CPT Marcus Alford.
On visiting the memorial, junior cadet and Bravo Company Commander Michaela Robinson said the visit was more meaningful and hit home “knowing that I’ve been in the same seats they’ve sat in and learned the same thing ”.
“I feel proud to be a cadet. I remember their sacrifice and understand what the purpose of JROTC is. It is to make better us citizens. It helps us remember the sacrifice others made for our freedom” said South-Doyle JROTC Commander Jacob Hale.
After interviews with our local ABC TV station and local newspaper, cadets marched in the 89th annual Knoxville Veterans Day parade. After the parade, Cadet LTC Jacob Hale led the battalion in a formal ceremony and end-of-day retreat at Pellissippi State Community College. The formal ceremony included a $250 donation to American Legion Post 2 for their continued support of JROTC units in the Knoxville area.
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