ANSBACH, GERMANY -- The Ansbach 9th Battalion JROTC performed their annual Veterans Day Program at the Ansbach Middle High School in honor of veterans who fought in WW1, as well as soldiers and veterans in the community. All of the Cadets were involved and performed their individual parts in order to make the ceremony successful. What really made it a success though, were the countless soldiers and families that showed up and gave their support; as well as the commander of the Ansbach American Legion, the commander of the Ansbach VFW, t he commander of the Illesheim VFW, and the president of the Ansbach Spouses and Civilian Club who also attended the program.
The Cadets kicked the program off with a presentation of the Colors and the playing of the National Anthem by the Ansbach Middle High School Band. Next, Cadets marched into the room singing the cadence “Old Soldier,” then they recited the JROTC cadet creed. which presented the flags. Finally, the program officially began.
Several of the Cadets were given speaking roles where they dressed up in WW1 inspired costumes and represented veterans and people who supported the war effort. They read stories that depicted real experiences and memories from the war. Speaking roles included Sergeant Alvin York, a sailor, a pilot, and a nurse, and several more all based on real people. There were also several quotes and poems, such as the In Flanders Fields poem which one of the Cadets recited for the audience. The readings were accompanied by a slide show, which displayed pictures that went along with stories of the people.
Cadets presented a “Quilt of Valor” to Mr. Richard Simms, a long-time member of the Ansbach community and Vietnam Veteran. Mr. Simms served more than thirty years in the Navy and was a carrier based aviator during the Vietnam War.
To end the ceremony, the battalion recognized the school faculty members that are veterans, and of course all of the veterans and soldiers in the room. They had the honor of coming to the front so the Cadets could pin boutonnières on them and thank them for their service. The smiles on the soldiers’ faces as they got pinned was truly an unforgettable sight and remains a priceless memory.