The Page High Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) is spreading holiday spirit by creating thousands of ornaments for the Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital in Murfreesboro.
Cadet Captain Blaine Bushnell and his family deliver a couple hundred ornaments each year and enjoy supporting the Veterans Administration project on their own. This holiday season, though, the VA needed 3,200 ornaments. Blaine and his fellow cadets divided up the workload. A few cadets even made it a competition to see who could create the most ornaments. Cadets Riley Heath and Evan Diaz created 300 ornaments between them during a single class period.
“It felt good doing something in class for someone else,” Riley said. “We should do more all year for our veterans.”
Once the ornaments were completed, several cadets delivered them to the VA. They also set aside 400 ornaments for Valor Healthcare in Columbia, Tennessee.
“It’s the true meaning of patriotism when we believe in something greater than ourselves,” said Page High JROTC instructor Col. Eric Golowsky. “These young cadets teach us about selflessness and serving others every day. We should all take a lesson away from this act of service.”