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November 12, 2015
It was a hectic few days for Marine Corps JROTC cadets at Granbury High School and Crossland Ninth Grade Center. The students participated in numerous events during the week of November 9, 2015.
First, the cadets celebrated the 240th birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps during a ceremony on November 10.
The ceremony included the cutting of a birthday cake as well as the reading of a message from General Robert N. Neller, the Commandant of the Marine Corps. Tradition includes the first piece being presented to the oldest Marine (or cadet) present. Then, the oldest Marine in turn passes it on to the youngest Marine (or cadet) signifying the passing of experience and knowledge from the old to the young of the corps.
On November 11, color guard duties centered on Veterans Day, with cadets joining in local community celebrations as well as numerous school events. Participating were Robbie Chancellor, Freeman Hawker, Samuel Henthorn, Angella Klein, Brandon Marriott, Colin Pieren, Daisha Pratt, and Cody Reynolds.
At Emma Roberson Elementary School, the cadets led a flag folding demonstration for the younger schoolchildren.
JROTC cadets also helped kick off the local Toys for Tots drive, a program sponsored by the Marine Corps and the Comanche Peak Detachment of the Marine Corps League. Volunteers hope to collect new, unwrapped toys to distribute to needy children.
The unit will wrap up the week of activities with its own Marine Corps Ball on Saturday, November 14 at Crossland Ninth Grade Center.
Instructors for the Granbury unit are Lt. Col. Scott Casey and First Sergeant Johnny Rositas.

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