Indianapolis Public Schools is proud of our students who go above and beyond to honor our nation’s veterans. All five of our high school JROTC programs are preparing for Indy’s Veterans Day Parade – one of the highlights of the year.

“We have been working with each JROTC class on parade preparations,” said Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Clayton Edens, Senior Army Instructor of the George Washington Community High School JROTC. “Students are perfecting their marching skills including maintaining step, maintaining intervals, turns and eyes right.”

And all of that hard work will pay off next week. JROTC units will be judged during the parade on their appearance, precision, percentage of students participating, uniformity and the performance of their cadet leaders. The top three units will be honored at the Veterans Day Council banquet that evening.

Two JROTC units will be up well before dawn on November 8 to honor our veterans. Students from John Marshall Community High School and Arsenal Technical High School are participating in “Operation Flag,” where the stars and stripes are placed on every veteran’s grave in Crown Hill Cemetery. They’ll set the alarms early to arrive at the cemetery by 6:30 a.m. for several hours of hard work.

Students can always take a moment to honor the men and women who served our country at the Veterans’ memorials found on several of our campuses. The most recent addition is the military memorial dedicated at Arsenal Tech in June 2013. The Tech Alumni Association organized the installation of the monument, which honors students from the school’s first 100 years who served in any branch of the United States Armed Forces. With so many ways to honor our military members, we’re positive IPS students will make us all proud this Veterans Day!