Calvert NJROTC participated in three days of ceremonies and a parade in Normandy to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day. They made the journey with 30 cadets, 14 chaperones, and two Naval Science Instructors, arriving in Paris on June 5, 2019. The first ceremony was at Brittany American Cemetery, where they paid tribute to the 4405 buried there. The next ceremony was at Omaha Beach, which has 9380 buried and 1557 names of those missing in action. They visited the beaches (Omaha and Utah) and visualized the heroic yet horrifying mission that allied forces accomplished. The last day in Normandy was spent touring the town of Saint Mere Englise and marching in the parade. They also had the honor of carrying one of the flags that flew aboard the Battleship Missouri, which is also the ship the Japanese surrendered on, marking the end of WWII.
According to the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps website their mission is:
“Our program mission is to instill in students in United States secondary educational institutions the values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment.”
Calvert High School’s NJROTC Motto is: “Unit before self.”
The Calvert County High School NJROTC Cadets who made the trip were Felix Lobus Aguto IV, Nathan Pender Beardmore, Faith Marie Brown, Robert Wesley Burroughs, Broderick Paul Butts, Charles Padrig Callan, Jackson Walker Carswell, Kelly Marie Coulby, Clayton Thomas Evans, Austin Michael Finley, Brandon Craig Fulcher, Justin Michael Galvin, Austin Warren Giggey, Kasey Rae Giggey, Sophia Rosa Goins, Trevor Hayden Graves, Halie Alexandra Hart, Ja’kaya Felicia Kinney, Devin Michael Lancaster, Halei Olivia Long, Jessica Briann Manis, Sarahi Palacios Marquez, Emily Sueann Michalko, Derrick Sinclair Redden, Christopher Daniel Rerig, Jeffrey Eduardo Rivas, Colin Michael Sloane, Hannah Isabel Smith, Koby Hutchins Valetin, and Ashley Grace Whicher.
The NJROTC Staff present was:cNJROTC Area Five Manager CAPT James Daniels USN-Ret, Calvert High Senior Naval Science Instructor: CWO-3 Ceylon Williams USMC-Ret, and Calvert High Naval Science Instructor: STGC(SW) Kevin Peck USN-Ret. The adult chaperones were Michelle Aguto, Gerald and Tammy Beardmore, John Carswell, Amy Daniels, Kimberly Finley, Shawn Lancaster, David Michalko, Gail Peck, Valerie Redden, George Rerig, Christopher and Megan Sloane, and Victoria Valentin.
On July 16, 2019, the Calvert Board of County Commissioners recognized these Calvert High School students, who along with their chaperones and instructors, made the trip to Normandy and took part in the festivities.
Please enjoy the picture gallery below with photos by Chris Sloane, of the American cemeteries, Omaha Beach, Utah Beach, D-Day Parade and Normandy.
Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon