WEST HARTFORD — West Hartford Public Schools and American Legion Hayes-Velhage Post 96 of West Harford have recognized 11 graduates from Conard and Hall High Schools for their commitment to service in the United States Armed Forces, according to an email from the Legion post.

The annual ceremony honoring military inductees is traditionally held at the Town Hall auditorium the Tuesday following Memorial Day but had to be canceled this year due to COVID-19.

In recognition of their commitment each inductee received a special cord from West Hartford Public Schools to be worn at their graduation ceremony, and certificate of recognition and challenge coin from the American Legion.

Patrick Harrell, post commander of American Legion Post 96, said, “Recognition and acknowledgement of the commitment of these outstanding graduates to serve in our military is well deserved. We congratulate them and wish them success in the next phase of their lives.”

The following students were recognized for their commitment:

Matthew Adam, Conard High School, Air Force ROTC, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Jameson Carnes, Hall High School, United States Air Force

Jonah Chanthavong, Conard High School, United States Air Force

Julian Flores, Conard High School, United States Naval Academy

Facundo Garcia, Hall High School, Marines

Jacob Gregory, Conard High School, Army ROTC, University of Maine

Joniel Lopez Ojeda, Conard High School, United States Air Force

Brady Tober, Hall High School, Army ROTC, Virginia Tech

Jacob Torres, Hall High School, United States Army

Jamali Walker, Hall High School, United States Navy

Tyler Staron, Conard High School, United States Army

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans

The American Legion Post 96 of West Hartford has been serving veterans and the community since 1922 and is open to all military veterans who have served honorably and military personnel currently on active duty. More information is available at www.post96.org or by contacting the Post at: Hayes-Velhage Post 96, P.O. Box 370160, West Hartford, CT 06137-0160.

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