ROTC ceremony to be televised

JACKSON — A special ceremony created by students in the Jackson School District Air Force Junior ROTC program to honor the men and women of the armed forces will be televised to the community on May 23.

The broadcast will begin at 8:30 a.m. on JTV, which subscribers to Cablevision may find on Channel 77.

The ceremony, which has been held in the Jackson Memorial High School Fine Arts Center for the last few years, was previously only available to students and veterans who were invited to attend and participate in the event.

With a live broadcast now being offered to the community, Board of Education President Barbara Fiero said more people will be able to take part in what she called “a very moving program.”

“[The Memorial Day ceremony] is a respectful tribute to those who have served in the armed forces,” Fiero said. “[The ROTC members] plan and execute the entire ceremony and present it very professionally using the communication and organizational skills that are enhanced through that program.”

While ROTC members will serve as the masters of ceremonies for the event, Fiero said students who have taken the district’s television production courses will use the skills they have learned to ensure the broadcast is presented without a hitch.

“This also allows the television production students to get live event experience, which helps develop creativity and problem solving skills,” Fiero. “It is good for them, and I think it will be nice for the community to see what they are doing in honor of such an important holiday.”

Individuals who do not subscribe to Cablevision may watch the ceremony from the high school through a live stream at

“I am glad we have a way to allow the community to join together from their homes in honoring this holiday,” Fiero said.