ALLEGANY, N.Y. — Graduating seniors who served as cadets in the U.S. Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) at St. Bonaventure University were commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army on Saturday.
The commissioning ceremony, held at the Allegany American Legion, was followed by the Silver Dollar Salute, a traditional event in which each newly commissioned officer hands a silver dollar to the first soldier who salutes him. Cadets choose someone who was instrumental in their upbringing, education or training for this honor.
The cadets are part of Team Seneca of the Southwestern New York ROTC Battalion, which comprises cadets from St. Bonaventure, Alfred State College, Alfred University, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, Houghton College and Jamestown Community College.
This includes two students with McKean County, Pa., connections.
Lauren Luther, a health science biomedical major at St. Bonaventure University from Bradford, Pa., enrolled on a three-year AD scholarship in fall of 2018. She served as the command sergeant major of the battalion.
Luther, the daughter of Richard and Kristen Luther, commissioned into the Pennsylvania Army Reserve as a Medical Services Corps officer. She was the recipient of this year’s Daughters of the American Revolution Award.
Also recognized was Jonathan Morales, a sport and recreation management major at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. He joined ROTC after returning from basic training in fall of 2019 and served as ROTC officer in charge at UPB in his junior and senior year.
The son of Byron and Beatriz Morales of Sierra Vista, Arizona, he will commission as an ordnance officer and serve in the North Carolina Army National Guard.