For sophomore biochemistry major Leonard Frisbie, being a cadet in the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps means remembering those who have served before him.
And this Veteran’s Day is no exception. The Army ROTC at King’s College, which several Wilkes students including Frisbie are part of, took part in the Scranton Veteran’s Day parade and rededication ceremony at theMain Squareveteran’s memorial.
“We see firsthand people who have served and most of us will be people who will serve so in ten years this may be us,” Frisbie said. “So (it’s about) remembering our friends, our fellow soldiers who served.”
The Air Force Reserve Officers’ Training Corps here at Wilkes also participated in Veteran’s Day activities. The cadets marched in the Wilkes-Barre Veteran’s Day parade that started inKingstonand went across theMarket Streetbridge intoPublic Square. The cadet corps were led by the Air Force ROTC Honor Guard.
Recruiting Flight Commander Lt. Marc Honrath said cadets will also be assisting veterans at the Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center.
“Veteran’s Day is a day to recognize all our veterans not only those from the past but also current vets, ones that come back fromIraqandAfghanistan,” Honrath said. “(It’s about) anything you do to remember them and just say thanks for their service.”
Honrath says in order to honor veterans, even when it is not Veteran’s Day the ROTC tries to keep the cadets busy by going to the VA medical center.
“They enjoy meeting all the former veterans and hearing them talk about their time in the service in a positive light so it gives them motivation to do well in school and participate in the ROTC program,” Honrath said.
Honrath says that even though Veteran’s Day is only one day a year, it is important to keep veterans in mind most of the time.