KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz. - On Nov. 11, Hopi Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Drill and Color Guard Team showed their respects to veterans of past wars by performing at the Veterans Day Observance at the Hopi Veterans Memorial Center.
The ceremony began with welcoming remarks from Director Geno Talas. When the welcoming remarks were done the Hopi JROTC Honor Guard Team posted the five flags of the nation; National, State, Hopi, Navajo, and POW/MIA. The Honor Guard consisted of the following: Captain Cadet Major Marlana Talyaumptewa (commanding the team), Cadet 1st Lieutenant Clayden Torivio carrying the National Flag, Cadet Command Sergeant Major Humewysie Sockyma carrying the Arizona State Flag, Cadet Captain RaeLyn Harvey carrying the Hopi Flag, Cadet Private Candice Tso carrying the Navajo Flag, and the rifle barriers were Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Ryan Carl, and Cadet Private First Class Erick Poneoma. Team Captain Cadet Major Marlana Talayumptewa says she gives the Honor Guard team two thumbs up.
After the posting of the flags and a lunch break, the Bruin Battalion Commander Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Ryan Carl gave a brief overview of what the JROTC is about. When he was done the Hopi JROTC Drill Team performed for the 15 armed manual drill phase for the veterans. The Drill Team consisted of Team Captain Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Samantha Manycows calling commands along with six other members. Although the spectators thought the Drill team was fantastic, Cadet 2nd Lieutenant Amber Naha of the Drill Team said, "It was not one of our best performances."
When they were done with their spotlight the cadets were able to shake the hands of the veterans who had fought for their people in past wars. After they were done meeting with the veterans the cadets packed up their gear and headed to the Cultural Center to grab some lunch.
Battalion Commander Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Ryan Carl said that being able to perform for the veterans was a nice experience and hopes that they get the chance to perform again in the future.