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SAR honors JROTC Marines

In two separate ceremonies, the Washington Crossing Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) recently honored Marines from the Bensalem High School MCJROTC program.

Cadet Shayna Sit was awarded the SAR Bronze JROTC Medal during a high school JROTC ceremony, presented by retired Navy Master Chief Petty Officer and Past Chapter President Joe Celano.

Cadet Sit was given this award for her “exemplary leadership qualities, military bearing and general excellence.”

In late August, a special chapter-sponsored celebration dinner was held for CW5 Ron Cookson and First Sergeant Ken Yates.

Both were honored as they retired from many years of service to the Bensalem High School MCJROTC program.

CW5 Cookson is a retired US Marine who served on active duty for 26 years, including service in various US embassies and combat service during Operation Desert Storm.

Cookson has led the Bensalem High School MCJROTC program since 2002.

First Sergeant Yates is also a retired US Marine who served on active duty for 22 years, including assignment in HMX 1, Presidential Helicopter Squadron, where he served President Ronald Reagan for two years and President George H. W. Bush for four years.

Yates has been serving in the Bensalem High School MCJROTC program since 2000.

Cookson and Yates were awarded the SAR Bronze Good Citizenship Medal with specially framed certificate for their exemplary service and outstanding contributions to our community.

Each was also given a SAR Challenge Coin in a wooden presentation box.

The chapter wished them both “fair winds and following seas” as they retired.

PHOTO CAP: From left, CW5 Cookson, Cadet Sit, First Sergeant Yates. Photo courtesy of MJROTC Unit.