edited by Ben Levesque
Nov. 12, Sanford Memorial Gym - Massabesic High School’s Naval Junior ROTC program is just one organization among many to have participated in the Sanford Memorial Gym Veterans’ Day ceremony to honor all United States veterans on Veterans’ Day. Observed by over one hundred people with over a dozen veterans attending, the ceremony was only one out of many devoted to thanking the United States’ many veterans, most of which have risked and sacrificed a tremendous amount to preserve the freedom of their country’s citizens, and attempt to spread such freedoms across the globe.
The ceremony had kicked off inside of the gym, where MHS’s color guard, commanded by Cadet Zoë Petit, presented the colors. The national anthem was performed by the Sanford High School Band, and a drill performance was carried out by the MHS NJROTC cadets shortly after.
For a majority of the ceremony, a guest speaker, retired 21-year Army and Navy veteran Richard Cordier, had spoken for many veterans when he talked about the importance of cooperation and coordination in the military. Using the drill cadets as examples, he described the extreme need of teamwork and togetherness for almost any task, especially the military. After his speech, veterans from major American wars such as World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War were honored with gifts of appreciation.
The end of the ceremony was concluded with a retiring of the colors, performed outside once again by the MHS NJROTC color guard.