Cadets March on the Colors in the St. Paul’s Church ceremony in Michigan City

The Michigan City High School (MCHS) Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (MCJROTC) in Michigan City Area Schools participated in five different ceremonies honoring veterans. The events took place at the Disabled American Veterans Hall, St. Paul’s Church, American Legion Post 37 for the Marine Corps League, Purdue University Northwest-Westville, and the Veterans Day ceremony at MCHS.

Major Tom McGrath, Senior Marine instructor, compliment the cadets for their flexibility and dedication to those who have served our country.  He said, “Despite the time our cadets spend on our extracurricular activities – Drill Team, which practices at 5:45 a.m., Rifle Team and Cyber Patriot team that practice after school, along with our community service – they

Cadet Staff Sergeant Nienah Langford posts the American Flag as Cadet Sergeant Dylan Gleason presents arms at the Marine Corps League Marine Corps Birthday celebration at American Legion Post 37 in Michigan City

still make time to participate in these important ceremonies that honor our veterans.”

Master Sergeant Jeff Benak, the Marine instructor, echoed these sentiments, adding, “Some of these kids really surprise me, that, with all that they do, they are still able to keep their grades up.  They probably know, that if their grades fall, we will curtail their extracurriculars.”

Cadets march in the Pass in Review segment as part of the Veterans Day Ceremony at Michigan City High School

The MCHS MCJROTC cadets have a busy schedule throughout the rest of this month and into December. They have three military skills competitions beginning November 18th. This event, which includes military drill, physical fitness, and academics, begins at 8:30 a.m. and will go until approximately 3:00 p.m. Spectators are welcome and admission is free.

Other planned activities include support for the Marine Corps League Toys for Tots at the Lighthouse Mall on November 24th and the One City One Sound concert on December 14th.

The MCHS MCJROTC cadets are caring community partners who continue to show their commitment to the entire local community.

This post and accompanying photos were created thanks to a collaboration with Betsy Kohn, Director of Communications, Michigan City Area Schools.

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