Clay students brave elements for hours to honor troops

By: Nick McGurk Email
By: Nick McGurk Email

A group of Air Force ROTC members from Clay High School spent 10 hours of their Memorial Day carrying out a ceremony as tribute to the country’s fallen troops.

On a rainy Memorial Day, when so many fellow classmates were on holiday, a handful of Clay students were on guard.

"The ceremony you are about to witness is the changing of the guard,” said Chris Meehan, the drill instructor and Clay senior as he stood by his ROTC classmates.

Yes, it was a long day – one that started at 7 a.m.

"My feet are tired," said Clay senior Erich Goen, smiling.

But through that repetition, meaning.

"It really takes your breath away, you start to think about the meaning of what you're doing," Goen said.

“I'm so thankful for what the veterans have done -- all the names on the bricks and just everywhere,” said Chris Meehan, an ROTC senior.

On Monday, Meehan was drill instructor during the ceremony. His father stood on the honor park’s edge to watch.

"As a parent it makes you proud,” said Tim Meehan. "It's great to have young men and women that want to serve our country. That's a wonderful thing to see.”

Monday marked the second time the Clay ROTC students conducted the ceremony at the honor park. They plan to make it a tradition.

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