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SRRHS hosts meeting for Veterans Day

Sedona Purple Rock Excessive College’s scholar council hosted its inaugural Veterans Day meeting on Nov. 10.

Round 200 college students gathered within the Sedona Performing Arts Heart to listen to from eight U.S. Marines. The Veterans Day panel hosted seven retired U.S. Marines, together with SRRHS’ personal math trainer, James Vogler, together with an active-duty Marine, 2021 SRRHS alumnus Jaiah Grondin.

With the district’s assist, the occasion was fully scholar led and arranged. Junior Hunter White, scholar council treasurer and Sedona-Oak Creek College District Governing Board member, headed up the occasion and served as host for the meeting. The seven retired Marines are part of Verde Valley Detachment No. 1176 Marine Corps League, primarily based in Cottonwood and Camp Verde.

“I have been a part of this community and this district for a long time, and we have never had a Veterans Day event at this school,” White mentioned. “We felt it was time for a new tradition here, in honor of not only the Marine Corps, but of every [military] branch for Veterans Day.”

After the panel was honored with the presentation of the flags, Main Tony Williams, Grasp Sgt. Rod Consalvo and Pvt. Jaiah Grondin all had the chance to share their tales. Then college students got the prospect to ask the entire panel questions. The panel included Jerry “Geronimo” Martin, David Murphy, James Vogler, Keith Vogler and Mike Noble.

Grondin, who left for boot camp this previous July, shared his coaching experiences over the previous 4 months. His need to enter the Marines started when he was within the sixth-grade, so earlier than he even graduated, Grondin signed the dotted line to function a Marine.

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“You learn a lot of great things about yourself,” Grondin mentioned. “You learn discipline. You learn how to work as a team.”

Grondin was greeted with rounds of applause and cheering by his former classmates. After finishing boot camp in October, Grondin left for infantry college on Nov. 13, however mentioned he was grateful to be again residence for Veterans Day.

Martin, a member of the Nationwide Audio system Conference, was additionally a key speaker in the course of the 45-minute meeting. Nice-great-grandson of the well-known Apache chief Geronimo, Martin shared his journey as an E4 Marine within the Vietnam Struggle.

“When you say ‘thank you for your service,’ what I say in return is, ‘thank you, you are worth it,” Martin mentioned.

White mentioned that he was proud of the success of the meeting. As subsequent college 12 months’s scholar physique president, he plans on persevering with this new Veterans Day custom.

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