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Saluting Students Who Enlist

"It's important to say thank you to those who are making a very difficult decision on our behalf," said Bill Krasowsky, president of the Kiwanis Club of Conklin.

42 high school seniors from Broome and Tioga counties have enlisted in the armed forces. 

"I remember seeing 9/11 on TV when I was young and that was a big inspiration," said Andrew Kinner who has enlisted in the U.S. Army.

"My father was in the army as an MP.  Most of my cousins," said  Anna Carman who has enlisted in the NYS National Guard.

On Wednesday, the community joined together at Susquehanna Valley High School to be the first to say "thank you" for the time they'll spend serving the country.

"It's a nice feeling, I have to say, knowing people actually care about the military and support the military," said Carman.

About 75 similar ceremonies will take place across the nation this year as part of "Our Community Salutes," a non profit organization that recognizes high school seniors who enlist.

The Kiwanis Club of Conklin organized Wednesday's event which is the first of its kind in the area. Organizers say they hope to make it an annual ceremony.

"The plan is next year we will be joined by many other people from the area so it won't be the Kiwanis event. It will be more of a community event," said Krasowsky.






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