They work and drill every day and now they have a chance to show off their labor. The Union High School Air Force junior ROTC has been chosen to march in the 2013 Presidential Inauguration Parade on January 21st in Washington D.C.
“We just found out over the Christmas holiday, in December 16th” Retired Lt. Col. Ron McCool, one of the cadets teachers told KRMG news.
“For them this is a once in a lifetime opportunity” McCool continued. “To be in a Presidential Inauguration is something that is not afforded to everybody, it’s probably the only chance they’ll be able to participate in a national event like this.”
And the cadets told KRMG news they can’t wait. “Probably the biggest achievement we’ll have in our high school careers, at least for me” Alexander Laboyteaux told KRMG.
Alexander Campbell couldn’t help smiling as she chimed in “it would be the time of my life, I just love ROTC.”
The group has to raise all the funds in order to make the trip and it won’t be cheap. “We figure it’ll cost between transportation, lodging, and meals around $40,000” McCool said.
And that has to be raised in under three weeks, the groups leave date is January 17th. “We’ve got half the money that’s in our coffers right now but we could sure use a lot more” he smiled as he said.
The parade is the 21st so why will the travel start four days earlier? “We polled all 110 of our cadets and only two have ever been to Washington D.C.” McCool began. “So we need to give them the opportunity to kind of be the tourists if you will, learn about our nation, learn about some of the monuments we have up there and then enjoy the parade” he finished.
Cadet Sarah Mohamad may have summed it up best when we asked how proud she’ll be in that moment. “I think my heart will swell five times its normal size” she blurted out with a giant smile on her face. Imagining even more, she went on “I don’t think I’ll be able to breathe ‘cause right now just thinking about it I’m shaking.”
A website has been set up to accept donations to help the cadets reach their goal. That site is www.unionafjrotc.com.