On Nov. 11, at 9 a.m., at Piedra Vista High School, Turano-Chrisman Theater, WWII Veterans were honored with a Commemoration Ceremony by the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) unit. Many veterans from the community were also present and were honored as well. The program was planned and executed entirely by teen-age young men and women of PV under the guidance of their JROTC instructors and school administration and faculty. It was one of the most inspirational, patriotic, productions to honor these heroes I have witnessed in a long, long time.
I would like to congratulate retired Lt. Col. Dave Naber, senior instructor and his staff for their assistance and guidance in making this program possible. Assistant Principal Anthony Smagacz took time from his busy chores to come introduce the emcee, Cadet Lt. Col. Danielle Uhl, who did an outstanding job of conducting the activities. I am sure many faculty were involved and we thank them also.
The program included the usual presentation of Colors by the JROTC and the National Anthem by the PVHS Choir. The JROTC Drill Team put on an outstanding exhibition of their skills, followed by; "Songs from WWII Era by the PVHS Choir which brought joy to the veterans and the entire audience as well.
To me, the most impressive part of the program was a "WWII Medley" using "power point" narrated by Cadets 2nd Lt. Corbin Moorhead and Capt. Darnell Lincoln. I am sure this project took long hours of research and editing of the materials that were presented. Very, very impressive, especially to the older veterans present. The PVHS band then played a medley of U.S. Armed Forces songs which always bring patriotic feelings to service members. There was honor paid to WWII veterans by names, ranks and duty assignments which was very impressive. The program ended by the playing of taps by the band. The PVHS student body then paid tribute to all veterans.
On behalf of the Totah Chapter, Military Officers Association of America, we thank all PV JROTC students who were present for "duty" to escort and assists veterans and guests to the theater from the parking lot to their seats and served coffee and donuts after the program. What a wonderful honor it was for us, I'm sure I speak for all veterans honored so royally by these young students and their leaders. Thank you all!