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Joshua Star: JROTC notes Navy's birthday

By Brian Porter

The Joshua Junior ROTC and all residents of Joshua stand as an example for others to follow, according to U.S. Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan.

"The residents of Joshua do their part to send the best and brightest to defend our Constitution and the United States," Flores said. "I'm honored that such a distinguished ROTC unit is in my district."

He was the keynote speaker last week during the Joshua JROTC's Navy Ball, a celebration of the U.S. Navy's 237th birthday.

Cadet Remington Reimer was presented the Legion of Valor's Bronze Cross of Achievement by retired Army Maj. Richard S. Agnew, following a line of former Joshua JROTC cadets to also earn the distinction.

"I am honored and humbled to recieve the Legion of Valor," Reimer said. "My gratitude cannot be expressed. In many ways, this honor goes to the entire unit."

JROTC cadets represent the best the next generation has to offer, Flores said, as he noted active duty military personnel and all who have served.

"We are eternally indebted to those who have served," he said. "One of the things I like about Johnson County, and Joshua in particular, is what people stand for. We believe the United States is an exceptional nation, a beacon of hope around the world."

He praised Reimer and other cadets like him in JROTC programs.

"He has been a positive role model," Flores said. "I commend him for his strength of character and incredible work ethic."

The list of military personnel from the congressional district and emergency responders who have died protecting America were noted by Flores. His district has been redrawn and won't include Joshua on Jan. 1, 2013.

"It has been an honor to represent the people of Johnson County," he said. "I will always represent you. You can count on now having two votes in Congress."

And that's important, he said.

"We believe the American Dream is available to anyone willing to work for it," Flores said. "The government gets its power from the people, not the other way around."

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