MOUNT VERNON — Knox County Career Center AFJROTC cadets recently paid a visit to local VFW Post 4027 to spend time with the veterans and assist with cleanup of their facility.
The cadets were led by cadets Lauren Hicks and Savannah Haist while the veterans were organized by Mark Schwendener, who is also a member of the JROTC Advisory Committee.
The cadets were divided into three groups and each assigned a different area of the building and a different veteran to work with. The cadets literally cleaned the building from ceiling to floor.
Light fixtures were cleaned and light bulbs replaced. Every wall in the building was wiped clean from top to bottom and every table and chair was thoroughly scrubbed down. In the garage, surplus materials were cleaned out by one small group while another attacked the dirt and dust that had accumulated on storage shelves and boxes over the years. The group in the kitchen began their day cleaning the nooks and crannies of every appliance not normally used during daily operations, then had the pleasure of helping in the preparation of their own lunch.
The veterans were very appreciative of the extra muscle provided by the cadets and the cadets enjoyed the interaction with the veterans. As the cadets were eating a hearty lunch provided by the VFW Post, Post Commander Ray McFadden expressed his gratitude for all the assistance and the intensity the cadets showed. Cadet Haist, one of the group’s leaders, expressed her appreciation for the veterans and her willingness to lead additional projects.
“We’re making a difference for people that made a difference; we’re making life better for people that made our life better,” she said. “I’d be happy to do this again.”