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Students take oath of enlistment during 'Our Community Salutes' ceremony

Posted at 11:49 PM, May 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-08 04:26:02-04

BOCA RATON, Fla. — More than 150 high school students took the oath of enlistment to start their journey in different branches of the U.S. Armed Forces during the sixth annual Our Community Salutes ceremony at Boca Raton High School Tuesday night.

Joseph Saavedra is a senior at Forest Hill Community High. He was selected for a Bright Futures Scholarship and decided last month to join the Marines.

"I see there’s a lot of improvement that needs to be made throughout the world, and I see the United States is the go-to country to make these improvements," said Saavedra.

Casey Weinberg, a senior at Boca Raton High School, also enlisted in the Marines.

"What really attracted me to the Marine Corps was the core values of honor, courage and commitment," said Casey Weinberg.

Her mom, Jaymie Weinberg, attended the ceremony.

"I'm a little nervous for what is ahead for her, but I couldn't be more proud that she’s going to serve," said Jaymie Weinberg.

One-hundred-year-old Phil Goldstein served our country in World War II and attended the ceremony.

He took the stage looking at all the young men and women now representing all of branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. Goldstein was one of the first to say, "Thank you for your service."

A lot of the students will head to recruit training in the next few weeks.