First Military Commitment Ceremony Recognizes Seniors

First Military Commitment Ceremony Recognizes Seniors
Posted on 04/17/2018
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Military commitment ceremonyLakota Local Schools held its first annual military commitment ceremony on April 5. Thirty-three seniors from both Lakota East and West high schools, who have committed to entering either a military academy or branch of service after graduation, were recognized before a near capacity crowd at the Lakota East Freshman building.

Choirs from both high schools joined together to perform the National Anthem during the Presentation of Colors by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Color Guard, Post 7696 West Chester. Chuck Weber, President of the Butler County Veterans Service Commission and Mark Riesenberg, Commander of American Legion Post 681 delivered messages of encouragement and praise to the seniors. “By taking this oath, these young adults are joining the brother and sisterhood of all the soldiers, sailors...airmen and marines that came before them,” Riesenberg told the audience.

Weber welcomed the recruits to the United States military. “To you new soldiers here today...We commend you for your patriotism and your love of country and wish you godspeed as you embark on this grand journey to serve our great nation.”

“Schools often recognize students on athletic and academic signing days. It’s important to also recognize our seniors who are putting service before self by committing to the United States military,” said Superintendent Matthew Miller. “The large number of attendees at our first ceremony is a testament to the support these students have from our community.”

“We are proud and thankful to have you as part of our family as you assume your post on America’s wall of defense. You have our unwavering respect, support and thanks for choosing this profession,” Riesenberg told the group. The program concluded with VanGorden Elementary School fifth-graders singing Lee Greenwood’s “Proud to be an American.”

Click here to view of video of the ceremony. Here is a link to the Facebook album.