UNION, NJ – Union High School JROTC cadets, district administration, and Union fire and police officials were on hand for an emotional flag raising ceremony Monday morning in honor of JROTC cadet Anthony Steitz, who died in a car accident this weekend.

Cadet Major Jacob Randolph addressed the crowd:

“On Saturday night, our JROTC program held our annual military ball to commemorate all of our achievements of the year.  Our highest achieving cadet was Anthony P. Steitz.”  At the event, Steitz was awarded the Superior Cadet Award.

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“After dropping off his date, Anthony crashed at mile marker 42 on Route 78.  Yesterday, Anthony passed away at Morristown Hospital and was recognized for his courage in donating his organs.  Anthony, even in his loss of life, brought good to the world by saving tens- to over 100 lives with his generosity.”

“Anthony was always generous, with outstanding moral resilience and would go out of his way to serve his neighbors and people around him.  Many of you would recall Anthony randomly showing up at stage crew, just picking up work to help out or giving a hand to the marching band.  Anthony always gave back.”

“Anthony aspired to serve his country and enlisted in the National Guard, the first line of defense to not only serve his country but our home state.  Anthony aspired to keep our town safe, our school safe and your home safe.   All the while, with a bright smile on his face.”

“At 11:33 p.m. Anthony crashed.  And at 11:03 a.m. today, we will be raising a flag in his honor.  We will be raising an American flag at half-staff along with the flag received from the Organ Donor Foundation.”

“All day today, some of us will be wearing our Raider T-shirts and army combat uniforms.  On behalf of his family and friends, we would like to thank all of those who wore black today.”