Battalion Events - Fall Semester 2019

Fall Semester 2019

- Harrisburg Holiday Parade, November 23.  Sixty-five (65) CV JROTC cadets marched in this annual parade that follows a route from City Island through downtown Harrisburg and back. Approximately 80 organizations were scheduled to march in the parade this year, including military units, bands, dance teams, balloons, floats, and a variety of vehicles.  Each year, approximately 10,000 people will watch the parade and cheer on the participants.  Photos from the parade can be found at the pennlive.com website. 

- CV High School Blood Drive, November 22.  The JROTC cadet battalion hosted the fall blood drive for the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank (CPBB) in the Eagle Lobby of the high school.  This was the 17th semi-annual blood drive supported by the cadet battalion.  During those events, the CPBB has now collected over 1000 units (pints) of blood, including 93 pints during this blood drive.  Thanks to everyone who worked on the blood drive and especially those who donated blood to help other members of our community.

- Veterans Day Events, Nov 10-11.  The cadets supported the following school district and community activities during this period.
     = Color Guard for the Veterans Day Ceremony at Silver Springs Elementary School, Mechanicsburg on Nov 11th.
     = Color Guard for the Veterans Day Ceremony at the Traditions of America community, Mechanicsburg on Nov 11th.
     = Welcoming Veterans at the Applebee's restaurants in Mechanicsburg and Carlisle, on Nov 11th.
     = Flag Detail for the Silver Springs Veterans Day Ceremony at Willow Mill Park, Silver Spring on Nov 10th.

- Echoes in the Valley, Oct 26th.  The cadets supported this annual competition which is hosted by the CVHS band.  Cadets helped to set up and take down equipment for the competition.

- Battalion Dining Out, October 25th.  The cadet battalion held its 9th annual military-style Dining Out at the Letort View Community Center at Carlisle Barracks.  This formal dinner provided cadets and family members the opportunity to get to know each other better and to learn more about the program. More than 200 people attended this event, which included: the presentation of the colors, toasts, an excellent dinner, remarks from the cadet battalion commander, a slide show presentation, and recitation of the Cadet Creed.  We can't wait to do it again next year!

- Battalion Awards Ceremony, October 22nd.  The cadet battalion conducted its fall awards ceremony on Oct 22 in the Spectator Gym to recognize cadets' accomplishments in academics, athletics, JROTC duties, and community service.  Our thanks to Mr. Blanchard, Mr. Kirkpatrick, family members, staff and faculty, and other members of the community who came out to support the cadets.

- Retiree Appreciation Day, Oct 5th. 
 
For the eighth year in a row, CV cadets helped man registration tables and provide directions for many of the almost 1000 veterans and spouses who participate in this annual event at Carlisle Barracks.  Attendees visited booths and received briefings concerning current Army War College activities, health benefits, service organizations, and similar topics.

- Battalion Meeting, September 26.  During this meeting, cadets were introduced to members of the chain of command, informed about unit goals and activities for this school year, and got to know each other better.

- Hampden Township Veterans Recognition Committee Golf Outing, September 13th.  
The cadets presented the national and state colors at the 9th annual golf outing at Armitage Golf Course.  This event helps to raise money for efforts which recognize the contributions of the military veterans in our community.  The CV band also supported this event.

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