Indian Lake native begins ‘Cords Across America’

Program aims tohonor  graduates entering military

Cords Across America

U.S. Army enlistee Cameron Chamberlin wears his cord from the Cords Across America program during the Indian Lake High School Class of 2018 commencement ceremony May 20. (PHOTO | INDIAN LAKE SCHOOLS)

This graduation and Memorial Day season, an Indian Lake High School alumnus is making sure students who have committed to the military are publicly recognized.

Amy Snapp Hayford is a 1988 ILHS graduate and now a resident of Blissfield, Mich. This spring, she established “Cords Across America” to provide red, white and blue cords for students who are entering a military branch, military academy, National Guard, reserves or ROTC to wear along with their cap and gown during commencement ceremonies.

They also receive a special thank you card highlighting their willingness to serve.

When Hayford’s daughter, U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Savannah Miller, graduated from Perrysburg High School in 2015, she wore a similar cord provided to her by the school as she was headed to the ROTC program at Columbus State University in Georgia.

“She felt a lot of pride that day being recognized as a military enlistee. It was very meaningful to her,” Hayford said of her daughter.

Since then, the area native learned that providing such cords is rare. So she’s set out to change that.

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