Coming this Friday, at 3:15 p.m., Benedictine will commemorate Veterans Day with the marching of the Corps, and a speech given by a special guest.
This event calls for a special amount of respect from the Cadets and Staff, because it is very important to the school that we remember our alumni who served in the military.
Sergeant RJ Mitchell is the special guest speaker. He served active duty for fours in the Marines. During this time he earned the second highest award for valor, the Navy Cross. "Sergeant Mitchell served under Mr. Gapes," Mr. Forster stated. "I am very excited for his speech. He is a highly successful young man who has shown courage in his service."
The Cadets, led by Battalion Commander John Collizzi, will Pass and Review before Sergeant Mitchell's speech begins. This march will look similar to the homecoming game, except the Corps will stop surrounding the American flag in front of the school. Then Collizzi and Battalion Executive Officer Cullen Vita will present a wreath commemorating the fallen veterans. This honor is normally given to the Battalion Commander and his Executive Officer.
There is a lot to be said about the fallen veteran alumni of this school, and of this country. "I am very excited about the event," Joseph Clark said. "He (Sergeant Mitchell) has had a lot of life experiences while on his tours. He has learned about leadership and comradery. The veterans of this country deserve more than just one day of recognition"