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Fishburne Military School Holds Annual Veterans Day Ceremony

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Hundreds of cadets from Fishburne Military School got encouraging word from those who have gone before them.  It was part of the annual Veterans Day ceremony at the military prep school in Waynesboro.

Friday afternoon, Fishburne cadets gathered with veterans, alumni and community members for its annual outdoor ceremony.  It featured a three-shot volley, the playing of taps, and the placement of a flag to remember those missing or captured during combat.

Fishburne is a small school with a large and proud history of raising military leaders.  Since its founding in 1879, Fishburne has seen 61 of its alumni make the ultimate sacrifice during wartime, so the school has plenty of reasons to honor veterans.

The keynote speaker, Col. Blake Ortner with the Virginia Army National Guard, urged cadets to build character and resolve, whether they choose a military career or not.

"If you build an inner strength, the outside forces that will challenge you in your lives, challenge your families and challenge you in your faith, can easily be overcome," he stated.

During the Veterans Day ceremony, cadets also placed a flag for each of the school's alumni killed in action, from the Spanish-American War to our nation's war on terror.

Fishburne is also celebrating Founders Day this weekend, in honor of its namesake, James Abbot Fishburne.  He died in 1921 on what we now call Veterans Day.

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