On Rosecrans Hill: Ramona High NJROTC

Cadets from Ramona High School’s Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps surround Ramon Ojeda’s gravesite in Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery during their participation in “Wreaths Across America.”
Cadets from Ramona High School’s Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps surround Ramon Ojeda’s gravesite in Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery during their participation in “Wreaths Across America.”

By Deanna Lasley

In the words of Jeffrey Nahas, “we chose for freedom’s cause to die. And now upon this hill we lie.” On Saturday,

Dec. 10, at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in Point Loma, several cadets from Ramona’s NJROTC participated in the “Wreaths Across America” and on that day honored the men and women who have fallen to keep our nation free.

Many other participants from all over the county came to help honor, including Boy Scout troops from Ramona. A total of well over 1,000 people were there to place wreaths.

This event happens every year arcoss America to help honor the true American heroes who have given the ultimate sacrifice to keep you and your family free. Anywhere from Arlington National Cemetery all the way to here in Southern California, wreaths were being placed on every single headstone at every military cemetery. Every branch of military was recognized, including the Merchant Marines and all prisoners of war and ones killed in action

Not only did the NJROTC cadets each place two wreaths on graves, they also found the gravesite of a man from their home town of Ramona. All together they honored Ramon Ojeda by placing a wreath on his grave.

Ramon went to Ramona High School and was in NJROTC. He joined the military and was killed in action while serving our country.

This was a truly moving ceremony that gave our community a way to show respect for the loss of so many. Join them next year at the same place to honor our heroes.

Thank you to all who have served and are currently serving our great nation. We all know freedom is not free.

Never forget. Never regret. Always remember.

Happy holidays to all.

   
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