The Francis Lewis High School JROTC program has been invited to represent New York State at the 70th anniversary of the Normandy invasion, June 4 to 10 in France.
“This is a big honor for the battalion,” said Lt. Col. ret. Al Lahood, the senior Army instructor at the high school.
The battalion was selected by the 70th Anniversary Committee, which picked one unit per state to participate in a ceremony at the American Cemetery in Normandy and in a parade nearby.
Eighteen students out of 864 will be chosen for the honor through an application process. The cost is $3,000 per student for a total of $70,000.
Members are holding fundraisers such as a bake and candy sale. Soon, people will be able to donate on the FLHS webpage. Contributions are also being accepted through the mail. Send to: Francis Lewis High School, 58-20 Utopia Parkway, Fresh Meadows, NY 11365. Checks are payable to the Francis Lewis HS JROTC.
The school is believed to have the largest JROTC program in the nation and has won many awards, the most recent as national champions for its unarmed drill team.