Pisgah NJROTC presents colors at Shriners game

Special to The Mountaineer
By Taylor Harkins | Dec 20, 2012
Photo by: Donated photos A HIGH HONOR — Pictured above are members of the Pisgah Varsity Color Guard, from left, David Brown, Kristen Nichols, Taylor Harkins and Tyler Doffin. Below, the Pisgah JRROTC is shown at the 76th annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas football game.

Pisgah High School’s Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) unit varsity Color Guard team departed Pisgah High School at 6 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, for to Spartanburg, South Carolina.  There, the team represented all the high school Navy JROTC units of North and South Carolina in the 76th annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas parade and football game.

This is an event provided by the Shriners to raise money for the Shriners Hospital, which specializes in providing care for children. Upon arrival, the first thing on the agenda was the Shrine Bowl Parade, where the Pisgah cadets received the honor and privilege of leading the entire parade.  Following the parade, the Color Guard walked to the Gibbs Stadium of Wofford College, site of the afternoon football game.

There, cadets Nichols, Brown, Doffin, and Harkins, as well as the members of three other Color Guards representing cadets from Marine Corps, Air Force and Army JROTC units from across the Carolinas were briefed by the Shiners’ staff, on the protocol of a combined Honor Guard.

As the National Anthem played, all four units presented the nations flag in unison for a moving experience.

The Pisgah varsity Color Guard was chosen and invited by event coordinators based upon the units’ outstanding reputation.  It was an experience for students to participate in the  Shriners cause.

Cadet Taylor Harkins is a Flag bearer of the Pisgah Varsity Color Guard.