Members of the Franklin County High School Air Force JROTC present the colors during a Memorial Day service at the Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial on May 28, 2019. (Photo by McKenna Horsley)

Members of Franklin County High School's Air Force JROTC presented the colors during a Memorial Day ceremony at the Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Monday.

FCHS JROTC, or Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, has been a part of the ceremony for several years, said JROTC instructor James Kinsella. The ceremony was hosted by Chapter 454 of the Vietnam Veterans Association.

The students "are giving up part of their summer ... to do this Memorial event," Kinsella said.

He added that the number of JROTC members in Color Guard is not limited to those who took part in Monday's presentation. He said that students work on Color Guard at the beginning of the school year and it usually takes them about a week to learn and be comfortable with the movements, such as rifle maneuvers and flag etiquette.

The students also do Color Guard presentations at football games, basketball games and other events throughout the school year. If anyone wants a Color Guard presentation, they can contact the high school and Kinsella, he said.

"We're happy to do it," Kinsella said.

At the Memorial Day service on Monday, FCHS students presented the colors with Carroll County Color Guards. The service, which garnered a small crowd at the Kentucky Vietnam Veterans Memorial, also included numerous speakers and poem readings. The keynote speaker was Commissioner of Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs Brig. Gen. Benjamin Adams, who has 40 years of service in the Army and the Kentucky National Guard.

Cadet Col. Logan Goode, who is now a graduate of FCHS, participated in the annual Memorial Day ceremony all four years of high school. He has enlisted in the Army but has delayed entry until Aug. 5, he said. He also has many family members who have served in the armed forces, and being part of services like Monday's makes him proud to "give them the honor that they deserve."

"It feels me with a sense of pride and patriotism. I'm always proud to do these sorts of things," Goode said.

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