A key to the FFA organization nationwide is leadership. The programs of the FFA are geared to help our young people develop the skills needed to lead in the businesses of tomorrow and in the society of our future. At the Memorial Day Parade in Troy this year, the young people in the Troy FFA stepped up in a big way to show leadership.
The Troy FFA decided to put their support behind the local Memorial Day observance to remember those that lost their life in service to our country. It was important to them to be seen as a group, but they also wanted to add their voice, encouraging the general public to step off the curb and march in remembrance.
They formed two groups – one with signs and banners to ask the crowd to march to remember. The second group marched with their FFA banner and in their signature blue coats. This second group dressed to show proper respect to the solemn nature that the observance of our fallen soldiers deserves.
As a group they represented two different services to the needs of the community. By marching as a unit dressed respectfully, they show the way for other organizations to join in next year. By also having some members dressed colorfully carrying big signs of encouragement, they help bring the town off the curb and into the parade as a demonstration of remembrance and support for sacrifices made for our country.
The FFA found a way to serve two purposes at the Troy Memorial Day parade. These are our future leaders; the leadership they are showing already is just a hint of the great things to come from the area’s FFA members.