JROTC ready to launch “Project Patriotism”

Cadets of the Zephyrhills High School JROTC will commence in “Project Patriotism,” a service-learning project where they will clean the hundreds headstones of military veterans buried at the city’s Oakside Cemetery on 1st Street.

“Project Patriotism” will be held Friday, Feb. 25 at 8:15 a.m. featuring approximately 35 cadets from the ZHS JROTC Program. The service project will also include a ceremonial flag burning, Honor Guard and Saber Arch and run until noon.

Command Sergeant Major James Laferriere, Captain Aiden Macumber and Lieutenant Colonel Zachariah Arnold made a presentation about their upcoming “Project Patriotism” service-learning to members of City Council Monday.

“These cadets want to get experience in service learning and better themselves in the community,” Macumber reported to city council. “It is important to do events like these. It not only honors the community, but it also honors our fallen veterans of our community and all over the world.”

The City of Zephyrhills has agreed to donate funds for supplies, transportation and meals, for the service event. Pastor Russ Guynn of the Family of God Baptist Church agreed to match any donation made by the city to assist the cadets.

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