AFROTC Participates in Veterans Day Parade

Cadet Cameron Farr, Contributor

On November 11, 2021, under threatening clouds, Bob Jones AFJROTC proudly marched in the annual Madison County Veterans Day parade. The Veterans Day parade was canceled in 2020 due to the threat of COVID-19, so the cadre and cadets were eager to march this year.  Madison County’s Veterans Day parade is said to be one of the nation’s largest of its kind.

Bob Jones AFJROTC cadets had a really early start by arriving at the school before 0830.  At least that was the plan.  However, due to I-565 being closed to remove a damaged road sign, many cadets were stuck in traffic trying to get to the school.  Not only were cadets delayed in arriving, but the traffic caused the school buses to arrive late as well. That did not deter the excitement of preparing for the parade.  Each cadet was inspected to make sure shoes were shined and that they were looking sharp for the parade.

The excitement continued as we arrived at the parade staging area, where we were #100 in line (of 130 entries).  It was great seeing the other local JROTC cadets lined up and as eager as we were to begin yet fearing the onslaught of rain.  Fortunately, all parade participants trekked the 2.5 mile parade route without any rain.  But, as soon as we loaded the buses and started towards Madison, the rain began.

What an awesome day and a great opportunity for AFJROTC to represent Bob Jones High School, Madison, and the U.S. Air Force.  Cadets were tired and a little hoarse from yelling continuous jodies (marching cadences), but cadre provided an outstanding meal to all cadets and parent volunteers before dismissing us for the day.  We love our veterans!