West Potomac JROTC Battalion To March in America’s Parade

On November 11th, cadets of West Potomac High School’s JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer’s Training Corps) will travel to New York City to march in the America’s parade, which is one of the largest Veteran’s day parades in the United States. “It’s important to honor all the veterans, past and present,” said Senior army instructor Colonel Gary Wooler.

The America’s parade was established in 1919, when American soldiers were returning home from World War I. Since then, it’s always had a special place in the hearts of many citizens, regardless of their level of participation in the armed forces.

Wooler also commented on the opportunities this event will present to West Potomac’s JROTC members.

“I want to show my students how to support those veterans who’ve served in the United States armed forces. I think it’ll be a great opportunity for all of our cadets to participate in an event such as this.”

JROTC members seemed excited to attend the parade. “[I’m] definitely excited and definitely pumped. We’ve [the JROTC] been working hard for this. I’m most excited for the parade itself. It’s going to be televised and we get to show off what we’ve been doing,” says senior Kelia Artima. “I definitely think we’re ready. We’ve been rehearsing this since September.”

We’ll be marching from 26th Avenue to 52nd, in Manhattan.” said Colonel Wooler. “It will be televised, last year there was even a special on HBO. I believe they will be televising it on channel four locally.”

They are marching from 11:25 am to 3:30 pm. Visit military.com to view a re-run of the parade.

Live Stream: http://www.military.com/veterans-day/new-york-veterans-day-parade-live-stream.html