Topeka High JROTC Marches to Fort Leavenworth

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

Monday morning's storms post-poned, but didn't ruin the mission of 50 Cadets from Topeka High's Junior ROTC program Monday.

They started a four day, 68-mile march from Topeka at 5:30 Monday morning.

The cadets will march all the way to Fort Leavenworth to test their endurance and enhance their motivation.

"Better experience when you do it yourself. Going through all thi, all the pain they had to go through. You complain about everything in life and one look at them you're like, 'Wow, they're strong.' That's what you want to represent," said Melissa Wilson, JROTC.

"Folks have been honking and waving along the way. What the students are gonna get is teamwork, the training that they're going to get they'll never forget. Never in the course of their life will they forget this week, I won't," said Gunner Kelley, JROTC Instructor.

The cadets expect to arrive at Fort Leavenworth at about 3 p.m. Thursday.

They will be marching down K-16, K-192, K-73 and K-7.

If you see them, they ask that you show your support with a honk of your horn and a wave.

They'll fly home in blackhawk helicopters Friday.

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