Annually, cadets, service men and women, and civilians alike, recognize the tremendous tragedy that was 9-11. Western High School's JROTC program (Davie, FL) carries on with this tradition. Western High school is the only school in Broward County with a standing memorial on campus, which reminds students daily to honor the fallen and appreciate all that we are given.
Every year the Wildcat Battalion holds an, awe-inspiring ceremony including a color guard, honor guard, flag detail, and a rifle team. The ceremony starts off with a playing of "taps" while the honor guard and color guard stand tall in their respectful positions. The flag detail then marches into the memorial to raise the flag. After this a series of moving speeches from many supporters, such as, the mayor of the town of Davie (Judy Paul), police officers that may have been either on scene when tragedy struck or at home witnessing the horror are given. Others in attendance include, the local fire department, and even the local news.
Many students and teachers not directly involved in the program come to participate in this event. The school-wide support properly represents just how much this memorial brings us together as a community. It is humbling to have been a part of this incredible ceremony.