KENNEWICK, Wash.- The Columbia Basin Veterans Coalitions honored graduating high school seniors from all over our area for making the commitment to serve our country.
The community showed support for more than a hundred Future Warriors that have enlisted in all branches of the Armed Forces Thursday night.
Family and friends stood by and proudly watched their loved ones take the Oath of Enlistment at the Three Rivers Convention Center.
It wasn't just high school seniors. There were also some young men and women who were recognized for enlisting.
One future service woman, 22-year-old Sarah Thai said she is joining the Air Force for her family. "I want to do it to be an inspiration to my kids," said Thai.
Southridge High School Senior Austin Miller said he's know for years that he wanted to join the Air Force. "I feel pretty legitimate. When you join you don't really feel like you're doing a service to your country. You kind of feel like you're doing what you like to do, but at the same time it is for a greater need," said Miller.
Austin and Sarah both come from a long line of family who served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
According to the U.S. Military, only about one-percent of the people are serving in the Armed Forces.