Family members filled the stands and VIP presenters occupied their assigned area.
Col. Benjamin Cleveland SAR Chapter President David Whaley attended to present the Bronze SAR ROTC/JROTC Medal to Cadet SFC Tyler Naranjo.
The SAR awards the medal to foster the principles of “citizen soldier,” exemplified by the Minutemen of Revolutionary War days. This award is presented to cadets who are selected for having a high degree of merit with respect to leadership qualities, military bearing and general excellence.
Recipients are selected by the commanding officer of the ROTC/JROTC unit, with full latitude in the selection. The medal is approved by the United States Army (and all other branches of service) and they have authorized presentation to its cadets.
The medal is struck on a circular planchet. The obverse shows a Minuteman holding a rifle and standing next to a plow, with the Liberty Bell in the background. It’s inscribed with the letters "ROTC.”
The reverse is inscribed "Awarded for Leadership, Soldierly Bearing and Excellence to Tyler Naranjo." The medal is suspended from a ribbon of the SAR colors and a ribbon bar is included.
Only one medal is awarded at each school’s JROTC unit and no recipient may receive it more than once.