Cherokee’s Cadet Senior Chief and Community Service Officer Jade Owens set up the trip through Mike Kromoff, the Chief of Voluntary Services at the Mountain Home.
Cherokee NJROTC cadets prepared and delivered Valentines cards to give to residents at the Community Living Center and visited with veterans around campus.
Cadets describe the experience
Cadet Lt. Commander Jewel MacGregor: “Great, seeing the joy on the veterans’ faces while we shook hands and brought those cards.”
Cadet Keirsten Ramsey: One veteran told her — “He joined the Army because he could run and crawl better than he could swim.”
Cadet Petty Officer Ashtin Johnson: On meeting a veteran named Frank — “Frank will be turning 105 years old next month and he was delighted to share his experience during World War II with her and other cadets.”
Cadet Chief Katlyn Ramsey: said the best part of the day was seeing the veterans’ smiles.
Cadet Petty Officer Taylor Lawson: felt the experience taught her that “a military life can lead to a long happy life.”
Visiting JC’s Veteran’s Memorial
After visiting the veterans at Mountain Home, cadets stopped by the Johnson City/Washington County Veteran’s Memorial, located at the west end of Kiwanis Park at the corner of West Market Street and Veterans Way.
The memorial is dedicated to Veterans from Washington County who served our country from World War I to the present and future wars.
Upon returning to Cherokee, cadets were assigned to write about their day and explain their take-away from the experience at the VA Mountain Home Hospital.