ELIZABETHTOWN — The JROTC programs at East Bladen and West Bladen high schools each received a $500 donation from Cape Fear Transport on Wednesday morning, and a new logo on the company’s trucks honoring the men and women in uniform was also unveiled.
Brian Campbell said the idea was sparked by a movie.
“It started from watching the movie, ‘Blackhawk Down,’” said Campbell. “I didn’t even make it through the movie.”
He said he was trying to watch the movie at home and thinking about the dedication and sacrifices the people serving our country are making.
“When I saw that (the movie) I said we need to do something. These trucks are like a rolling billboard,” said Campbell.
Campbell talked things over with Marketing Director Jennifer Leggett and they eventually came up with the idea of adding the Army logo and making the donations to the JROTC programs.
“My grandfather was the first person drafted in North Carolina,” said Campbell.
Mac Campbell Sr. was drafted into service on Dec. 5, 1941.
Brian Campbell said that the drivers and staff have been very supportive of the idea.
Lt. Col. Greg Marinich of the East Bladen High School JROTC program said the donation will benefit the program’s several projects. Also, the unit plans to purchase unit crests and fund a summer leadership camp.
“It means a great deal. It allows us to do some of the things we were looking to do …” said Marinich. “One of those projects is the beautification of the campus.”
According to a release, “Lt. C (Retired) Bill Townsend the JROTC instructor for West Bladen has decided to use this donation to purchase the Knight Unit Crest and for community service travel. They have two community service projects that they will use the remainder of the money for; The Military Museum project in Bladenboro, and a garden beautification project at Cape Fear Valley (Bladen County) Hospital in Elizabethtown.”
Signature Graphics created the logo for the trucks, according to Campbell.