Submitted By Joshua Willis
On September 11, 2017 the Johnson High School JROTC Cadets honored the lives that were lost during the attack on the Twin Towers and those who lost their lives fighting for our country. This special day on which these individuals were honored is also called Patriot’s Day. The ceremony began at 8 a.m. at the flagpole in front of the school.
Retired Colonel James A. Peterson served as a special guest speaker. Mr. Peterson was commissioned to the Reserve Officer Training Corps in May of 1986 and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas. He served 31 years in the military. His assignment posts included Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Fort Meade, Maryland; Fort Knox, Kentucky; Fort Belvoir, Virginia; Fort Eustis, Virginia; Afghanistan, Qatar, Iraq, Camp Arifjan Kuwait, and Port of Jubyal, Saudi Arabia.
Colonel Peterson also spent four years in the Kansas National Guard as a Military Policeman. His military education includes Basic and Advance Military Police Officer Course, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Marine Corps Amphibious Warfare Course, and the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Mr. Peterson in married to Stephanie Reutiman and has two children; Matthew and Janice Peterson and two stepchildren; Tyler and Lauren Reutiman.
Colonel Peterson gave a moving speech in honor of the fallen. Afterwards, Honor Guard marched in and posted the flags as the choir sung the National Anthem. Taps played soon after to conclude the ceremony.
9/11 represents an attack on innocent people who lived in a country with so many opportunities to offer. We all have an indescribable link with the people who died on 9/11 and those who lost their lives defending our country to make sure a similar tragedy never happens again.
“America is a symbol of freedom in many places, so an attack on America is an attack on freedom,” said Colonel Peterson.
We will never forget the day terrorist attacked America’s hopes and dreams.