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Prescott High School Junior ROTC and Freshman Student Council honor veterans

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Rachel Cushman, a senior at 
Prescott High School, adds an 8th name of her relatives that have served in the armed forces to the Veterans Wall at the school on Monday.

Les Stukenberg/The Daily Courier Rachel Cushman, a senior at Prescott High School, adds an 8th name of her relatives that have served in the armed forces to the Veterans Wall at the school on Monday.

Prescott-The massive American flag on display in Prescott High School's lobby quickly drew visitor's attention. Its size was overwhelming and impressive.

Even more impressive, however, was the Flag of Honor imprinted with the names of all the Americans killed during the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Resting between an American and Arizona flag, and accompanied by two honor guards, was a PHS Veterans' Memorial plaque listing the names of former PHS students killed in action.

Colonel Denny Peeples said Air Force Junior ROTC is raising money for the memorial plaque. He said the organization wants to add anyone killed in action that attended at least one year.

The displays were part of the efforts of the PHS Freshman Class Student Council officers and the Air Force Junior ROTC to honor American veterans.

The two student groups joined forces Nov. 7 and Nov. 10 to present the "Veterans' Wall."

PHS Senior James Patrick, vice commander of the Junior ROTC, said the groups created the wall to "encourage more patriotism in schools."

The veterans' wall listed the names of anyone related to a PHS student that has served or currently is serving in the military.

Freshman Class President Karen Schuenman said the Class of 2012 was happy to help on the wall this year.

The freshmen council members helped print the veterans' names, helped the ROTC cadets set up the display and worked to make sure everything was in place.

"Personally, I think it is cool that the high school does something like this. I don't think veterans are recognized enough," Schuenman said.

Freshman Class Secretary Alex Ford said that according to what teachers said, "Prescott is the only high school in Arizona to do something for Veterans' Day. We are also the only school to work with the Junior ROTC."

ROTC Mission Support Anthony McComack said the ROTC cadets and Freshman Student Council, "Meshed together. There is nothing we can't do when we work together."

The success of the 2007 Veterans' Wall prompted the ROTC cadets to visit Mile High Middle School. This year, the middle school added a wall to its Veterans' Day Flag Ceremony.

The Mile High Middle School Honor Guard raised a flag sent to the school from the 332d Expeditionary Operations Group, 332d Air Expeditionary Wing.

Principal Joe Howard said the flag was gift from the soldiers the students sent packages to during the past school year.

On Sept. 17, 2008, the flag flew on a C-130H Hercules Tail No. 92-0550 from the Baghdad International Airport to Qaygarah West Airfield in Iraq.

Anyone with information about former PHS students killed in action should call Col. Peeples at 445-2322, ext. 164.

Contact the reporter at prhoden@prescottaz.com