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Local students honored in annual ceremony as they enter the military

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WINDSOR (WBNG) — Students from across our area who are getting ready to enter the military were recognized and saluted in the annual “First to Say Thank You” ceremony.

Students from 43 districts across the Southern Tier and Pennsylvania, along with family and fellow military members, filled the auditorium at the Windsor Central High School.

The ceremony is held every year to honor students going into various branches. Each student was individually recognized not only for their willingness to fight for our country, but also their outstanding high school merit that allowed them to join the military.

Windsor High School Seniors, Dana Gordon and Niko Ingle, are both entering the Army National Guard.

“I recently learned that my great grandfather was also in the army and he was also a medic, so it was really going through our family tree and helping my community with the National Guard,” said Gordon.

“They’re recognizing us and you get the feeling like, ‘Wow I’m doing this and not many people are,’” said Ingle.

Gordon says she’s looking forward to getting her medical background and to eventually becoming a doctor. Ingle says he is looking forward to the overall experience of being in the military, including the discipline.

A CBS This Morning crew was at the ceremony and interviewed a select hand of students from our area.

You can catch the piece right after 12 News at 6:30 a.m.

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