Biloxi High Students March Across Coast for Veterans Day
The students started on the east side of the Ocean Springs Bridge Tuesday afternoon, and will march 11 miles to the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport. The cadets have been taking pledges leading up to this day in an effort to raise money to buy wreaths for the wreath laying ceremony at the Biloxi National Cemetery in December. Many of the cadets were in full uniform with packs, and know that while the march will be hard, it is symbolic of the struggles of past veterans and active duty soldiers.
Ashton McKinney, Cadet Captain of Biloxi High’s J.R.O.T.C., says, “The march symbolizes what an active would probably do. They go on hikes when they are deployed, they go marching, they go on recon missions. So stuff like this is more of a symbol.”
Staff Sergeant Robert Krebbs, Recruiter for the National Guard, says, “It’s crazy sometimes to just imagine what men went through, regular everyday men went through, but they did it, and that’s what’s so important to remember about Veterans Day.”