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North Syracuse vets called out for honors

Kyle Francis receives his certificate of appreciation for his military service. Francis was wounded in 2010 in Marja, Afghanistan, and, during his recovery, was diagnosed with ALS.

Kyle Francis receives his certificate of appreciation for his military service. Francis was wounded in 2010 in Marja, Afghanistan, and, during his recovery, was diagnosed with ALS. Matthew Liptak

— Bowles said the district got such a strong response for candidates for the new military honor roll that they had to have a cut off for this year, but a ceremony for new inductees is planned for next year. He hopes the wall, located not far from the main entrance of Cicero-North Syracuse High School, will inspire the young people who go to school there.

“Because it is in our center foyer, people are going to take a look at that as a possible opportunity not only as a career but something to aspire to,” he said. “They can see either an uncle, or relative or someone that they know and, kind of, the recognition that they get and the service to their country.”

As for Francis, he appreciates how his service in the Marines developed him as a person even though he had to put it all on the line to serve his country.

“I’m a lot more mature,” he said. “I was real immature before. Being in the Marines, it taught me to value whatever is going on in your life at the time. I don’t have any regrets about what happened.”

For more information on next year’s honor roll, contact Dan Bowles at 218-2148.

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