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Clark County students honored for joining military services

High school seniors in the Vancouver and Evergreen school districts were honored Thursday night for choosing to go into the military after they graduated. (KATU Photo)

Hundreds of Clark County high school seniors are looking ahead to graduation in a month or two.

Some will go to college or join the workforce, but more than 100 are set to serve in the U.S. armed forces.

On Thursday night, a 6-year tradition continued as guest speakers and members of the local Military Appreciation Committee joined Vancouver and Evergreen school districts to honor those kids who will be joining the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or the Coast Guard after high school.

“There’s less than 1 percent of the total population in the U.S. in the services right now, and so a lot of people don’t – I think it’s sort of out of sight, out of mind. And we also want to try and remind the public that they have these people who are going out to give them service,” said Col. Mike Burton (ret.), who is on the Community Military Appreciation Committee.

As part of the ceremony, all the students received a commemorative challenge coin. It’s hoped they’ll carry those coins for the rest of their lives.

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