On top of the school work he'd ordinarily be doing, Landon Boettcher has spent the past few weeks reading everything he can find about the Pearl Harbor attack.
Boettcher, a senior at Northwest Classen High School, is the cadet battalion commander for the school's Junior ROTC program. On Saturday, Boettcher will speak at the Veterans of Foreign Wars' annual Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day ceremony. The program will also send a color guard to the ceremony.
Boettcher, 18, knew quite a bit about the attack beforehand, he said. He'd already read quite a bit on World War II. But to prepare for the ceremony, Boettcher and cadets delved further into the events than some of them had done before.
“We really just had to study the whole event,” he said.
VFW Post 1857, at NW 10 and Blackwelder Avenue, has held the ceremony each year for “at least 30 years and probably more than that,” said post commander Rebecca McGary.
The ceremony will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the USS Oklahoma anchor, at NW 13 and Broadway. The ship was sunk during the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.
The ceremony will include a firing detail and a wreath laying, McGary said. If the weather is too bad to hold the ceremony outside, visitors will be directed to the VFW post, where lunch will be served, McGary said.
“We've never not had it outside, and we've had some pretty frigid weather,” she said. “It just seems like it's not the same unless you have the anchor there.”