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Check Six: The End of an Era – 16 years ago

November 7, 2018

Kamehameha Schools photograph | click to enlarge

On May 9, 2002, Kamehameha Schools held a Deactivation Parade to mark the end of Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) after 114 years.

Many past and current Hawaii Army and Air National Guard members were Kamehameha School graduates whose first encounter with military leadership, discipline, and values was through JROTC.

The following is some excerpted remarks by Dr. Michael J. Chun, Kamehameha Schools President and alum Campus Headmaster at the JROTC Deactivation Parade on May 9, 2002

For 114 years, the hills and valleys of Kalihi have echoed the cadence of cadets marching to the drumbeat of honor, duty and country. First to the Kingdom of Hawai‘i, and later to the United States of America, we pledged our allegiance and commitment to serve.

Whenever the call was made, Kamehameha graduates answered with valor, chivalry and patriotism. For all eyes and for all time, they courageously stood guard over this beloved land of ancient descent.

It is with deep sadness then, that we now bid farewell to a tradition that has been a hallmark at Kamehameha since our beginning. The strength of this program lies in the ideals and values that have been taught to our students, showing them what they should be, what they can be, what they will be. They have learned a strength of character, woven with kūpono, koa and na‘auao,that can be traced to Kamehameha the First.

Read the entire article from the September 2002 issue of Imua, a publication for the Kamehameha Schools ‘Ohana

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