LOS ANGELES, CA -- On the 13th of November 2020, the Los Angeles Film School held their 11th Annual Salute to honor their Los Angeles Film School & Los Angeles Recording School military Community from 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – “Virtual”. The Film School contacted our District Headquarters Director of Army Instruction COL Darryl W. Hensley, Ret., asking if we could provide a Color Guard to honor the men and women who have served our Country as this special ceremony. Because of COVID-19, no Units were able to support the event in-person. Our Viking Battalion was forwarded the request and we leaped to provide support any way possible. The Film School requested a “Tape Recording” of our cadets performing a Color Guard that they could use for the virtual ceremony. By chance, our Battalion Public Affairs Officer had two performances of our Color Guard from start to finish. After much searching and editing the Viking Battalion was able to provide an Outdoor Color Guard that would work for them.
The history of the Los Angeles Film School dates back 100 years after the dedication of Sunset Boulevard (1904), The Los Angeles Film School opened its doors. In a story that includes iconic moments, from the creation of the Walk of Fame to the Hollywood Sign. Sunset went from being a cattle path at the turn-of-the-century to the world-famous boulevard where our campus is located today. The Los Angeles Film School was honored to be ranked in The Wrap’s Annual College Issue (The Essential Voice in Entertainment News) for the fourth year in a row. The Wrap News Inc. is the leading digital news organization covering the business of entertainment and media. Located in the historic RCA Building and environs on Sunset, the for-profit Los Angeles Film School is at the heart of the industry and offers both online and on-campus instruction and the Film School is Ranked #27 in the U.S.
The event was hosted by Carlee Wilson, a Staff Member of the Los Angeles Film School. The event had numerous guest speakers including the President of the Los Angeles Film School, Tammy Elliott, Vice-President of Admissions Ernesta Mensah, and Keynote Speaker Michael Broderick, Actor & Producer as well as a Marine Corps Veteran, among many others. The cadets who participated were former cadets: C/CSM Nely Alvarez – Commanding, C/SGM Millye Becerra(currently waiting to go into the USMC), C/CPT Britney Hernandez along with current All-City Color Rifle members C/MSG Abraham Garcia-Castro and C/MSG Adam Melendez.
On behalf of the JROTC cadets at James Monroe High School, we would like to give thanks to the Los Angeles Film School for reaching out to the Junior ROTC Headquarters and all who made this “Virtual” event possible. To watch the event please click the event link embedded in the video. You must listen to "America the Beautiful" by Erisa Nicole & Company at the end of the event. The presentation begins at the 14:35 mark, Color Guard begins at the 15:40 mark, and the special rendition of "America the Beautiful" begins at the 1:03:45 mark.