Franklin Heights honors alumni who served on Veterans Day

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
The Franklin Heights High School NJROTC unit hosted a special presentation for alumni who served in the Vietnam War as a part of the Veterans Day festivities that took place throughout the district on Nov. 10. At the ceremony, a plaque inscribed with the names of the Golden Falcons who are known to have served in the war was unveiled, including the three alumni who were confirmed killed in action: Joseph Rees (Army), Larry Herbert (Army), and Andrew Hinderman (Marines). Army veteran John Georgiton, Class of 1964, kick-started the plaque dedication project as a way to honor all of those who walked the hallways of the school and served in one of the deadliest wars in modern history. “We all want them to be recognized for their service and sacrifice,” he said. Pictured here at the location where the plaque will be prominently displayed are (from left to right) Christian Olinger, Ashton Phaunef, John Georgiton, Dick Grambo (Class of 1967), Lexie Pack, and Joleyne Hernandez.
NJROTC cadets stand at attention as the names of the alumni who served in the Vietnam War are read. The plaque was made to expand should more names of known Golden Falcons who served in this war become available.
The NJROTC Honor Guard present at the ceremony.
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