Meridian High School Army JROTC participates in Wreath Laying Ceremony

Written by: CW3 Retired Deric L. Mitchell

On December 17, 2022, the Meridian High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) participated in a wreath laying ceremony at the Mississippi Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Newton, Mississippi. The ceremony was hosted by Mississippi Veterans Affairs and sponsored by Friends of Mississippi Veterans. Sixteen enthusiastic and determined Cadets helped the Newton Mississippi community and surrounding Mississippi area honor the men and women that served and protected this great nation by laying a wreath at the grave site. This gave the Meridian High School JROTC Cadets in the area with 3,400 additional locations in all 50 U.S. States and sea and abroad a chance to participate. 

Top Photo: Top left to right: Cadet D’Andre Brown, Cadet Javontae Leggette, Cadet Teressa Woulard, Cadet Kurdarius McClelland, Cadet Briyanna Hart, Cadet Jolia Brassfield, Cadet Markecia Mckee, Cadet Ty’Merica McClelland, Cadet Ly’Kecia Cole, 1SG (R) Marvin Nance, AI. Bottom Left to right CW3 (R) Deric Mitchell, SAI, Cadet Sh’Nyia Kelley, Cadet Bobby Lewis, Cadet Zacaria King, Cadet Tariha Tell, Cadet Aaliyah Harris, Cadet Makenzye Moore, and Cadet Amos Rew.

Major General Jason D. Boyles, Adjutant General of Mississippi and Commanding General of the Mississippi Army and Air National Guard took an opportunity to talk with the cadets about the importance of Wreaths Across America to communities and some of the benefits of taking JROTC in high school.