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Lafayette High ROTC cadets to travel to Washington

By Daniel Hight - bio | email

OXFORD, MS - (WMC-TV) - It's a rare opportunity even for politicians, statesmen and generals. However, four Mississippi Junior Cadets will have the high honor of placing a Wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington.

Thirty-eight students from Lafayette High School's Junior ROTC program are headed to the nation's capital.

"The whole trip is going to be amazing," said Cadet Core Commander Walker Miller."Going to the Smithsonian, Arlington Cemetery, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is going to be the best."

The reason being is, Miller and three other junior cadets have the honor of laying a wreath on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

"Its a great opportunity not many people get,"said Tyler Sparks, a senior who is among the four.

"I'm really excited to see the old guard do there 21 paces, halt and face the tomb and that's what really impresses me, the absolute precision in drill sequences," said Vice Core Commander Jonathan Norman.

Inside the tomb lay the remains of two unidentified soldiers. It acts a memorial for unknown soldiers from World War 1 to the Korean War. It has been guarded 24 hours a day since April 1948.

The wreath the cadets lay will have a Lafayette High School banner on it.

"They will march down the steps, walk up to the tomb and place the wreath on the tomb," said Major Harvey Rice, the ROTC Instructor.

Afterwards, Taps will be played in memory of those who gave their life in battle. The cadets said they are honored at the opportunity.

"Perfectness," said Norman. "We're going to try to equal the guards . We wont get close but that's what we're shooting for," he added.

"As clean as possible," said Miller, "on step, 21 steps, 21 seconds, all four of us and him," he added. "Amazing."

While on their trip, the students will also get to meet Mississippi Congressman Alan Nunnelee. They leave for Washington D.C. on March 12.

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