ROTC cadets to stand guard for 24 continuous hours

John Schmidt Web Editor

The Arnold Air Society is set to stand for 24 straight hours outside the Brookings Veteran’s Memorial from Nov. 10 to Nov. 11.

            This is the 25th year Air Force ROTC cadets will be standing in honor of veterans. “Cadets from Air Force ROTC will be standing guard two at a time in front of the Veteran’s Memorial here in Brookings, SD switching shifts every 30 minutes,” 1st Lt. Leah L. Vander Vorst said.

            Cadets who are helping to fill the 96 shifts the vigil calls for will stand at attention in front of the memorial on the west end of Brookings, thinking and remembering those who served.

            Before the rotating shifts and standing guard start, Brian Hershey a SDSU junior and cadet commander of Arnold Air Society will be speaking before the vigil starts, and former Air Force Captain and SDSU student Nita Peterson will be speaking after the 24 hours of memorial.

“Cadets do this in honor of all the veterans who have sacrificed so much to defend our freedoms,” Vander Vorst said

            While Peterson is done speaking, local pilots Jeff Boulware, Lynn Reidesel and Harry Thompson plan a flyover over the memorial site.

            The vigil is open to the public for all 24 silent hours. And Brookings residents have been encouraged to attend the opening and closing speakers, which occur at 10:45 a.m. on Nov. 10 and Nov. 11.