Westmoreland honored with city proclamation


Watson Chapel High School JROTC cadet Xavier Westmoreland was honored Tuesday with a proclamation during the Pine Bluff City Council meeting.

Mayor Carl A. Redus Jr., calling Westmoreland “a citizen of impeccably good conduct and resolve,” named Feb. 21, 2012, as “Mr. Xavier Westmoreland Day” in the city of Pine Bluff.

Westmoreland was awarded the Legion of Valor Bronze Cross for Achievement in a Jan. 26 ceremony at Watson Chapel Junior High School. The honor was awarded to 100 ROTC cadets out of 300,000 ROTC cadets in the nation. Two cadets in Arkansas received the honor.

Westmoreland is a Pine Bluff native who plans to attend the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff on a four-year scholarship. He was selected to participate in the Boys State and Governor’s School programs, Redus said.

At the award ceremony in January, Col. Bridget Rourke — commander of the 5th Brigade, U.S. Army Cadet Command at Fort Sam Houston, Texas — said cadets must reach a high standard to receive the award.

“It recognizes the whole person: community service, leadership, sports, and academics. Only a handful of people receive it,” Rouke said.

“We are here to honor cadet Westmoreland for being an outstanding student and cadet,” Rourke said. “He has demonstrated leadership on the basketball court, in the classroom, in his church and in his community.”