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ICYMI The Journal-News: Butler County Students Recognized at Military Ceremony
Posted By:  Elizabeth Beadle
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Butler County Educational Service Center and Butler Tech honored Butler County high school seniors who have enlisted to serve the U.S. Armed Forces in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and National Guard. Congressman Warren Davidson, who served as a U.S. Army Ranger, delivered the keynote address.

Each senior was presented with their first challenge coin. These coins are a longstanding tradition in military service designed to recognize special achievements and build camaraderie. The coins, donated by Butler County business MillerCoors, feature the ceremony date and U.S. flag on one side, and the Ohio flag and lamp of knowledge on the reverse.

Butler County students enlisting in U.S. Armed Forces get recognition at special ceremony
The Journal News
Wayne Baker
April 10, 2018

“Butler County high school seniors who have enlisted to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces were honored during a special ceremony Monday…

“The event was the inaugural Military Recognition Ceremony and was created to honor the 100 recruits from area high schools that have enlisted in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and National Guard....

“Congressman Warren Davidson, R-Troy, who served as a U.S. Army Ranger, addressed the students and [said] that it is an honor to serve your country and that there is a greater appreciation today of what that means than ever before in the nation’s history...

“‘People are far more important than things and that is what our military is made up of,’ he said…’People generally appreciate those who are willing to give everything on behalf of a grateful nation…;for me it was one of the greatest decision I ever made — to serve.’...

“Chris Brown, superintendent, the Butler County Educational Service Center, and Jon Graft, superintendent/CEO of Butler Tech, also delivered remarks at the event…

“Brown said that the idea for the event was conceived...when he and [G]raft were trying to figure out a way to honor the seniors who have made the decision to the armed forces...

“We realized that many schools hold athletic signing events for students...’ Brown explained. ‘We also have some schools who have academic signings, so we wanted to do an event that honored those from our public schools and three private school that are going to serve their country’...

“The D. Russel Lee Honor Guard from Butler Tech presented the colors the ceremony, and each recruit introduced themselves and stated what branch of service they were entering as well as the name of their school…

“Each senior was presented with their first challenge coin. The coins are a longstanding tradition in military service designed to recognize special achievements and build camaraderie. The coins were donated by MillerCoors…”

Read the full article here.



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