Irmo ROTC Cadets Raise Thousands For Honor Flight

10:10 PM, Apr 12, 2013   |    comments
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Irmo, SC (WLTX) - Cadets at Irmo High School, 100 strong,  are marching for 24 hours straight  to raise money for Honor Flight.

"Veterans and the people that are still serving have done a lot for us and we need to give back to them," said Rasheena Christian.

Cadets at Irmo High School have taken on a pretty large mission, marching for 24 hours straight in efforts to raise money for the Honor Flight.

Honor Flight allows WWII veterans, who don't have the means to get to Washington D.C.  visit the WWII memorial.  

"Honor Flight is a wonderful idea, that is saying thanks to the greatest generation who came back from a war and never really had any thanks," said Jay Seward.

This is the fourth year that the cadets have raised money for the flight and Col. Jay Seward says they've donated more than $16,000.

"They are doing it on a Friday night when they could be at the movies and instead they are out here sacrificing for World War II."

"You can't think about yourself when you are doing this, you have to think about the people who actually did this because they did it without food and water, we are only marching in two hour shifts, they did this longer," said Christian.

87-year-old World War II veteran Louie Crouch came to watch his grandson and other cadets show their respect for those who sacrificed.

"There aren't a lot of us around anymore so we look forward to occasions such as this," said Crouch.

For Christian and the other cadets, they just want people to know that young people their age care about giving back to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

"We are doing things for other people, because that's what it is all about, we don't train people to be in the military we teach them the core values, Integrity first, service before self and excellence in all your do," said Christian.











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