Most Americans view Memorial Day as the traditional start of the summer, a time for outdoor parties or relaxing by a pool or lake. The cadets of the Michigan City High School (MCHS) Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (MCJROTC) used this holiday for the purpose it was created- to honor those who gave their lives in the service of our country. They did this by marching in the Michigan City Memorial Day Parade and participating in the Memorial Day Ceremony at the Greenwood Ceremony.
“This is a somber time for so many families who lost loved ones in military service;” said Senior Marine Instructor Major Tom McGrath. “It is an important reminder to all of us that freedom is not free.”
Master Sergeant Jeff Benak, the Marine Instructor, commended the cadets on their dedication to ensure that our fallen heroes are not forgotten. “Even though our school is on summer vacation, our cadets realize the importance of remembering those who sacrificed all for our Nation.”
The MCJROTC will be busy throughout the summer. Among the highlights this summer: Their week-long Leadership Camp in Delafield, WI; a week-long Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Camp at Purdue University Northwest; three parades during the July 4th weekend; and supporting the school district’s Back-To-School Rally in August. Cadets will also be supporting numerous civic organizations and preparing for the upcoming military drill competition season over the summer. All MCJROTC activities are done at no cost to the school district or the cadets. It is funded by the U.S. Marine Corps and the MCJROTC Booster Club.