McDowell High NJROTC Cadets Visit Washington, DC, Naval Academy | Local News


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McDowell High School NJROTC recently took a trip to Washington, DC and Annapolis, Maryland where the 22 cadets visited many sites important to our nation’s history.

The trip included the visit of the Navy Ceremonial Guard, the United States Marine Corps Museum, the Jefferson Memorial, the United States Naval Academy and the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, according to a press release.

At the Naval Academy, cadets saw the sarcophagus where John Paul Jones, the father of the United States Navy, is buried.

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You could almost hear his famous words echoing in the air, “I haven’t started fighting yet,” from the 18th century naval hero, said Jeff McClure, NJROTC naval science instructor.

While at Arlington National Cemetery, NJROTC McDowell High School Cadet Commander Haevynn Wedel had the privilege of laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

This tomb exemplifies worth and honor in remembering those who died committing courageous and selfless acts with no one to witness. Cadet Wedel expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to honor these brave Americans who perished in the service of our country, according to a press release.

“Overall, all of the cadets enjoyed the trip and felt very fortunate to be able to visit our nation’s capital,” said McClure. “Memories were created that will last a lifetime and a greater appreciation for our nation’s history was also forged.”


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