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Highlands High School JROTC and South Texas McDonald’s “Thank a Vet” Appreciation Program and Luncheon

Cadet Private Kynze Reinhard sharing her “Honor a Veteran” poster and story with the San Antonio Veterans

Cadet Private Kynze Reinhard sharing her “Honor a Veteran” poster and story with the San Antonio Veterans
Photo Credit: LTC (R) Alan W. Maitland

  • Posted on Nov 15th, 2021
  • Story by: LTC (R) Alan W. Maitland
  • 5th Brigade
    Veterans Day

The Highlands High School Cadets of San Antonio, Texas conducted their Second Annual virtual “Thank a Vet” Veterans Day program on November 11, 2021. Working with the South-Central Texas McDonald’s Corporation, the Cadets co-hosted an event to recognize and honor the service of veteran members from the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 9174 and the San Antonio Veterans Center. Through the virtual realm of Zoom, Cadet Major Emily Garcia, the Highlander JROTC Cadet Battalion Executive/S3 Officer served as the master of ceremonies for this historic event.

“Although these are very troubling times, we must never forget our Veterans who have faced many challenges and adversities both during and after their service to our great nation” said Cadet Major Garcia. “As we have done so in the past years, our preference is to honor our Veterans with a live, interactive program, but we could not let the pandemic be an excuse not to interact and honor our Veterans” adds Cadet Garcia.

As part of the program, several Cadets shared how they honored special veterans in their life by presenting their “Honor a Veteran” poster, an annual Veterans Day project in the Highlander Battalion. In addition to the program and personal interaction with the veterans, the Highlands Cadet Staff shared a lunch provided by the South-Central Texas McDonald’s Corporation.

Physically present in the JROTC classroom were several members of the school’s administrative staff, veterans who continue serve our Nation’s youth as teachers and staff members, and the Highlander Cadets.

“Our Cadets did an outstanding job honoring our veterans today, said LTC (R) Alan Maitland, Senior Army Instructor. “I am glad the South-Central Texas McDonald’s Corporation reached out to us once again to be a partner in recognizing our local veterans,” adds Maitland.

This event was the idea of a South-Central Texas McDonald’s franchisee who is a proud veteran that graciously sponsored the event.


Additional Images
The Highlander Cadets are enjoying a lunch meal compliments of the South-Central Texas McDonald’s Corporation
The Highlander Cadets are enjoying a lunch meal compliments of the South-Central Texas McDonald’s Corporation
Cadet 2LT Lina Duarte asking the Veterans about their service to our Nation
Cadet 2LT Lina Duarte asking the Veterans about their service to our Nation