FRESNO, Calif. - Ahead of Memorial Day, La Sierra Military Academy in Visalia opened its doors to Valley veterans to unveil a new memorial.
Cadets unveiled a new fallen soldier memorial they built, dedicated to soldiers who have lost their lives in combat. The school's commandant of cadets says today is an opportunity for his students to learn from the veterans, about what resources are available to them, and if the military is something they want to pursue.
"For the youth of today, they weren't born in time of really a lot of war, such as World War I, they don't get to grasp the sense of what America had to go through, and so by bringing the vets onto our campus, they really get that firsthand experience of what the war was all about," said Joe Andrade,La Sierra Military Academy.
The Battlefield Cross Memorial was paid for by the Rimpact Foundation and the Central Valley Vietnam Veterans Club.