February means Presidents Day, and our Image of the Month obliges with this vintage photo. St. John’s College High School (Washington, D.C.) launched a military program (Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps, or JROTC), in 1915. Brother Elzear Alfred (Kelly), President of St. John’s, led their military instructors and student officers to meet President Calvin Coolidge on the White House grounds, most likely in 1927. They did not have far to travel—only about eight blocks—because St. John’s was located at Thomas Circle in those days. The “honor cord,” worn on the left shoulder of the cadets, was bestowed on the school when, as it is widely understood in the JROTC program there, the Senior class of cadets one day volunteered to enlist in the Armed Forces during America’s involvement in World War I (1917-1918). This offer was respectfully declined, but it resulted in their being made worthy of the honor cord ever after, because of such patriotism. This image comes from Christian Brothers (December 1927), a Legacy Baltimore District publication which later became known as the Bulletin of the St. La Salle Auxiliary.