As a society, we owe a great debt of gratitude to the brave men and women who serve in our armed forces. Their sacrifices and dedication to protecting our freedom and way of life are truly commendable. And when we see young people committing to this cause by enlisting in the military, it is an occasion to celebrate.
This morning, HHS held an event to honor and commend the students who have enlisted in the armed services. The students who had enlisted were then called to the stage one by one, and each were presented with a certificate of enlistment and a pin as a token of the District's gratitude. The students received a standing ovation from staff, students and families in attendance. This year's senior enlistees are:
- Braxten Anderson, Marines
- Jayce Dornbusch, Army National Guard
- River King, Marines
- Hunter Wagner, Army National Guard
From Left to Right: Braxten Anderson, River King, Hunter Wagner, Jayce Dornbusch
Mr. Jason Groon was the keynote speaker, having proudly served our country for 24 years in the Army National Guard. Mr. Groon is also a band instructor here at Harrisburg High School. He shared his reasons for joining the military, the challenges the enlistees can expect to face, and thanked students for their choice to serve their country, sharing that his choice to do so was by far one of the best decisions of his life.
The event was a testament to the strength and patriotism of our youth and the spirit of service that makes America great. The signing event allowed HHS to show its appreciation and support for those who serve in our armed forces, and especially those who are just starting their journey.
These young men are the future of our armed forces and the backbone of our national defense. By recognizing their commitment and sacrifice, we can inspire others to follow in their footsteps and uphold the values of freedom, justice, and democracy. We hope to continue this tradition in our school and community for years to come. The new enlistees will also be honored at the HHS graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 21st.