Pennsauken High School Students Honor Local New Jersey Veterans

PENNSAUKEN, NJ (WPVI) — Air Force JROTC students from Pennsauken High School honored community veterans during a program Wednesday.

The cadets led a flag folding ceremony and presented it to Army veteran Dennis Crocker.

Students thanked him for spending decades honorably in uniform and later working at their school.

The choir also performed the Armed Forces mix during the program to honor each of the branches of service.

The goal was to thank those who served while learning about the experiences of service men and women.

Senior Staff Sgt. Chris Shaw was the keynote speaker and reminded students not to miss the importance of valuable experiences along the way.

The veterans present said they would return.

“They didn’t have that when I was in school. It’s fantastic,” said Pennsauken Navy veteran Ralph Harker.

“It makes me proud to see that our students are doing so well,” said Pennsauken Public Schools board member Diane Johnson. “I served 34 years in the Air Force and enjoyed every moment of it.”

Some students said they were eager to follow in their footsteps.

“I’m just very passionate about serving my country and helping others, so I joined the Army National Guard,” Iyakiel Polanco said. “I am very lucky and honored to be able to see these heroes in my eyes.”

The High School Veterans Memorial sits near the front of the school and is often a focal point during Memorial Day.

They remember the lives of veterans who served and did not return, but students and the public will also spend time there on Veterans Day.

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