ZANESVILLE, Ohio – Veterans Day is right around the corner and students at Zanesville High School honored those who serve our country this afternoon with a special program.
The school and Junior ROTC hosted the event for area veterans; which featured the Zanesville High school band, choir, and alumni speaker Major Angela Bailey. First Sergeant Cory Fahnestock, Army Instructor of the JROTC, says that the program connected students and veterans.
“It allows us to reach out and let them know like we as the high school and Junior ROTC are here to support them and support the community; and they even support us—you know. We’re leading the parade this year so we’re with the veterans this year with the Junior ROTC. On Saturday, we’re going to lead the parade with them.”
Junior ROTC cadets were heavily involved in planning the program; with the goal of showing appreciation to area veterans. Cadet Caes Anderson, Battalion Commander, says he joined the program to explore the opportunities offered by the military.
“I come from a military family. My dad was in the Navy; my granddad was in the Navy. So, it kind of urged me to give it a shot. I figured this is a beforehand of like signing a contract; so I could get a taste of it before I went and signed away for like six years. I took it as an early opportunity to get an experience with the Army.”
Students from Zanesville Middle School also attended the Veterans Day Program this afternoon.