HONORING TRADITIONS AND RENDERING HONORS

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ROBERTO CLEMENTE JUNIOR RESERVE OFFICER TRAINING CORPS  (JROTC) FLAG DETAIL

Do you ever wonder why JROTC cadets raise the flag every morning and lower it at the end of the day?  The members of the JROTC Cadet Flag Detail are keeping a long-standing military tradition.  Since the days of army forts on the American frontier, a small group of soldiers would arrive early in the morning, inspect their uniforms and prepare to raise the flag, which is the symbol of all citizens of our great country.   In the tradition of the military and other government institutions, the raised flag lets everyone know it is time to start the business of the day.  When Clemente Cadets performs flag detail, they are not just participating in a daily duty but performing a ceremony that honors both the flag and citizens of our country, as the United States flag represents all citizens, past and present.

This year, the Clemente JROTC Flag Detail is commanded by First Lieutenant Alyssa Jimenz, under the supervision of Battalion Command Sergeant Major Amari Rios.  All members of the flag detail volunteer to serve, to raise the flag in the morning or lower it after school. The Clemente flag detail raises and lowers the flag every school day, and is the only student organization in CPS that performs this duty.  Flag detail is performed no matter what the weather conditions are for the day.  When cadets perform flag detail, they are representing several of the values taught in the JROTC curriculum, which includes:  Loyalty, Duty, Selfless Service, Honor, and Respect. These cadets have committed themselves to ensuring that our star spangled banner is yet waving every day as a symbol of honor and tradition, for school and for the country.