Humble High School presented a moving Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 11 to salute the troops of past and present. Members of the JROTC program preformed a re-enactment of the wreath-placing ceremony that is done for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arlington National Cemetery. The students began preparing for the event in August. “The JROTC put in a lot of hard work,” said Stacey Hamlet, Humble High School Smaller Learning Communities coordinator. The ceremony took place in the commons area, where there was a banner replicate of the tomb; the students began guarding the tomb at 7:30 a.m. and kept it guarded throughout the school day. The senior cadets marched as the soldiers in Arlington do, executing the exact 21 steps in cadence. “They worked very hard on getting it down pact,” said Hamlet. Putting on such an event was a cumulative effort; many departments and clubs helped to make it a success. The Floral Design class designed the wreath placed at the commons area and band members Billy Rains and Cameron Whitaker preformed Taps while the wreath was being placed. The commons area was infiltrated with patriotism as the choir preformed the National Anthem accenting the display of the United States flag, the Texas flag, and the flag of each military branch. The Key Club stood as greeters as the guest arrived, and also served them breakfast. Senior Class president Katie Brown lead the Pledge of Allegiance and Alma White of the Christian Student Union, read a poem and lead prayer. The ceremony also included a tribute to honor LTC Robert Rohm the Commander of the JROTC program. Rohm is being recalled to active duty and will leave in December to Afghanistan. There were many veterans in attendance moved by this observance; veterans from the Porter VA, the Humble High School Campus, and multiple other campuses were in attendance. Various prominent members of the community also attended. City of Houston Council member Mike Sullivan presented a certificate of recognition from the City of Houston and Mayor White to the school. Congressman Ted Poe also spoke, giving real-life examples of Veteran heroes and the clear reasons they are to be honored. The members of the Humble school board as well as the superintendent displayed their support of the ceremony as well. Photo: JROTC Cadets - Tomb Guards for the Wildcat Salute to Veterans

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