Ocean Springs High School JROTC program hosts annual Veterans Breakfast

For 14 years, Ocean Springs High School has been inviting veterans into their cafeteria to enjoy an appreciation breakfast.

Veterans gathered inside the Ocean Springs High School cafeteria for their annual Veterans Day Breakfast. The school’s JROTC program put on the event to show their appreciation to current and former service members. JROTC Instructor Steven Farragut said, “Cadets love to do it and the veterans are always appreciative of anyone that shows appreciation for the sacrifices they’ve made. A simple thank you breakfast like we’re having it means the world to us.”

During the event there were multiple performances by students in the Ocean Springs School District. It also gave cadets the opportunity to get to know and seek advice from our local veterans. JROTC Student Elliot McGraw said, “Whenever I speak to veterans, it’s a big motivator because you can actually hear what happens, not just the internet or books you read.”

“Veterans can share their stories with them and how they built their careers and what they sacrificed to do and students can get a glimpse of what to look forward to once they leave high school and some of the challenges they may face in life.”

About 40 percent of the graduating ROTC class at Ocean Springs High is interested in joining the military after high school. Seniors like Clay Alford hope to follow in the footsteps of some service men and women he spoke to during the breakfast. “That’s what we get basically from the veterans is a lot of knowledge.”

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