Hope High School JROTC Color Guard to join House during Memorial Day session observance
STATE HOUSE — Rep. Robert B. Lancia (R-Dist. 16, Cranston) has announced that the Hope High School Color Guard will be joining the House of Representatives during its session tomorrow to honor the 150th anniversary of Memorial Day. Rep. Camille F.J. Vella-Wilkinson (D-Dist. 21, Warwick) will be hosting the event.
“I am very proud of the JROTC members who will be present at the session observance,” said Representative Lancia, a retired naval chaplain. “The ROTC is a wonderful organization for molding the officers of tomorrow, and I’m particularly proud that three of the Hope High School members have received $80,000 scholarships to attend Norwich University.”
The Color Guard, led by 1st Sgt. Daryl G. Jent Sr. (ret.), consists of Angel Garcia, grade 9, Adrian Flores, grade 11, Brianna Chamorro, grade 10, Steven Garcia, grade 11, and Lorenzo Hernandez, grade 12. The cadets receiving the scholarships, all 12th graders, are Hamlet Paulino, Ivan Abreu and Jose Cortorreal. Amanda Vetelino, a Hope High School teacher who is active with the JROTC, will lead the House of Representatives in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Memorial Day finds its origins on May 30, 1868. Originally called Decoration Day, it was set aside as a time to decorate the graves of Civil War veterans. The first observance was encouraged by Gen. John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans. Since 1970, Memorial Day has been observed on the last Monday in May, which this year is May 28. By law, U.S. flags fly at half-staff until noon, when they are raised to full-staff.
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Daniel Trafford, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903