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Medical Lake Junior ROTC cadets busy with community projects

Recent activities include cemetery clean-up, role in Honor Flights


October 4, 2018

For many in the Medical Lake community, about the only time they see members of the high school’s Junior ROTC program might be in the roles of the color guard prior to sporting and other events and activities.

But as some recent events show, these students have much more visibility as they do many projects and activities outside of the traditional ones.

In mid-September, crews of volunteers descended on the Medical Lake Cemetery to conduct a cleanup and general maintenance.

According to a news release from 2nd Lt. Liam Lonam, public affairs officer for Washington’s 81st JROTC at Medical Lake High School, crews helped clear pine needles, garbage and cut down branches.

The effort was greatly appreciated by Juile Tueller, mother of Journey Tueller, the Medical Lake student and athlete who was killed in a car crash on April 14. “Sometimes, people need a little sunshine in their world,” she said. “What JROTC was doing was a good example of that.”

The following week, unit members, as well as the MLHS band, were on hand to be part of the welcome for the most recent edition of Northwest Honor Flights at Spokane International Airport. Honor Flight periodically sends veterans who served in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam wars to Washington, D.C. to visit memorials dedicated to them.

“It is an honor to be able to be a part of this experience to help them see the memorials and pay tribute to the service they have given,” Lonam said in the release.

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