Photos Taken by Marissa Awmiller
By: Willow Stephenson
On Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, Pueblo County High School held its annual veterans’ assembly. It was a beautiful event, commemorating those who have served in the armed forces. Our Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) helped hold the ceremony. Former Chief Warrant Officer and Senior Army Instructor of our JROTC program, Jose R. Oyola-Cosme led the assembly beautifully. He had the assistance of Olivia Brown, a Cadet in JROTC and Junior here at PCHS. When asked about how she felt about the assembly, Brown said “The Veterans Day Assembly was fantastic this year, and I would definitely consider it a success. We were honored to have so many veteran guests attending the ceremony, and grateful we could take a moment to thank them for their service. Everyone in the battalion was so diligent in doing their part, especially the staff, to make sure it went smoothly. We ran into plenty of difficulties, but the PCHS JROTC battalion made it happen.”
The assembly was touching to many, particularly the veterans in the audience. When asked about how she felt about the assembly, Flo Downs, a beloved teacher and Army veteran said “I most definitely believe the assembly is a great way to honor veterans. I feel truly blessed each year they ask me to be a part of it. I love my country and I love my school. I hope the students appreciate the assembly as much as I do.”
Later in the day, Cadets Cody Hiner, Devon Baker, Allissa Hancock, Seth Schmidt, Shawn Schmidt, and Andrew Duran held a Color Guard presentation held at the Golden Corral on the Northern side of Pueblo. It went smoothly, thanks to our dedicated and skilled JROTC cadets here at PCHS.