First a quick aside, the success of the boarding school experience lies in its adherence to routine. Try to know what’s coming at you, so that, when the inevitable curveball comes, you simply adjust a bit. The byproduct of this routine though can be that we sometimes set aside, or fail to acknowledge important events beyond our school routines.
Kudos to Riverside Military for setting aside the time to remember.
Veterans day is one of those days that we sometimes lose in boarding schools. To celebrate it, you have to mess with the routine. It can be difficult to find a speaker; it takes time to set-up program…but, our students need to understand and appreciate the sacrifice and military service that came before us. These sacrifices laid the foundation for the largely peaceful that almost two generations of Americans have known.
Veterans Day deserves our attention. On to the story of one boarding school’s participation in Veterans Day remembrances:
The 32nd Annual Atlanta Veterans’ Day Parade featured a bevy of Riverside Military units with the, the RMA Corps bringing home their 5th consecutive President’s Trophy for “Best Marching Unit.”
“We were pleased that our Parade Judges confirmed your academy won the President’s Trophy, and I join our Association’s Officers and Directors in congratulating Colonel Benson and the entire Riverside Military Academy in this honor,” said Kevin Miller, President of the Georgia Veterans Day Parade Association of Atlanta, Inc.
Two Riverside cadets Battalion Bugler C/SGT Quinton Munroe and Assistant Battalion Bugler C/CPL Branden Taylor opened the Parade by playing Echo Taps.
Additionally, the Riverside Military Academy Color Guard presented the National Colors during the annual Freedom Ball held at the Georgia Aquarium later that evening and Riverside Cadet Battalion Commander Harrison Summerour led Ball attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance.