Mililani JROTC visits veterans at Tripler

| April 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
Cadets from Mililani High School's JROTC performed for veterans at Tripler Army Medical Center. (Photo courtesy of Mililani High School JROTC)

Cadets from Mililani High School’s JROTC performed songs and dancesfor veterans at Tripler Army Medical Center’s Veterans Administration Center for the Aging.

 

Story and photos by Cadet Captain Brandee Schiller
Mililani High School JROTC
Public Affairs

TRIPLER ARMY MEDICAL CENTER—The Mililani Army JROTC Battalion expanded its community service and outreach and paid respect to  veterans at Tripler Army Medical Center’s Veterans Administration (VA) Center for the Aging.  The Battalion’s goal was to thank the veterans for their sacrifice to our country.

“This was our second visit to the VA hospital in the past two years; we try to go around Easter.  We just want to thank these men and women, and show our sincere gratitude and pay respect to these Americans who risk their lives for our freedom and protection,” said Battalion commander, Cadet Lt. Col. Skyler Robinson.

Cadets from Mililani High School's JROTC program visited veterans at TAMC.

Cadets from Mililani High School’s JROTC program visited veterans at TAMC to thank the veterans for their service to the country.

Once the cadets arrived, they conducted room visits to talk and listen to their stories, which connected the cadets with the veterans.

“Their stories are so deep and personal, but are very motivating and inspirational for me to serve my country in the Armed
Forces once I graduate from high school and do the best I can,” said Cadet Command Sergeant Major

Talented cadets throughout the Battalion were invited to attend this unique service-learning project, as they would perform for the veterans for some lively entertainment.  The talent show started with our gifted cadet singers, Cadet Capt. Joy Sanchez and Cadet 1st Sgt. Jake Lafata performed some inspirational songs.

Cadet Ray-leen Robert followed them with her two beautiful songs that she had been practicing for months.  The next performers, Cadet Capt. Martiza Segovia and her younger sister Maysa entertained the veterans with hula, magically touching all the veterans’ hearts as they flowed through their dance routine telling their story through hula.

Finally, the last performers were the Battalion’s  newest act with raised everyone up and out of their seats, as Cadets Kiana Fosco, Macey and Lauralee Zuniga, and Zaesha Tam performed the high-energy Tahitian dance.

Cadet Capt. Joy Sanchez mentioned in our reflection, “Having the opportunity to give back to these men and women, in my opinion, giving back to them through our hearts.  I genuinely enjoyed visiting them and I hope I am able to come back next year, because it puts your mind in reality, and literally changes your perspective of life.”

The veterans visit will absolutely be an annual event for the Mililani JROTC Trojan Battalion, as it sets a perfect example of men and women, our veterans, the masters of Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage (LDRSHIP). In the hope of brining the younger generation to the light of reality, cadets are going back to their school and one step closer to “Becoming Better Citizens,” the mission of JROTC.

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