Veterans, Cadets Honor Fallen Soldiers at Fishburne Ceremony
Fishburne Military School in Waynesboro honored those who made the ultimate sacrifice at its annual Veterans Day ceremony. The event brought together distinguished military leaders and alumni, as well as the young cadets.
Veterans and cadets showed reverence for fallen and missing soldiers at the ceremony Monday morning. They flew a flag representing a call to bring back home prisoners of war and soldiers who are still MIA.
"I think the impression it left is just: think of our veterans. Think about what they've done for this country. They're not just people who serve the country and they're done; that they're more than that,” said Doug Marsh, a freshman cadet at Fishburne.
Marsh started at Fishburne this summer, but he already understands the point of his military education.
"You don't come here to learn to be a soldier. You come here to learn to be a better citizen,” he said.
Doug’s father, Dr. Rob Marsh, served in the Persian Gulf and Somalia as a physician, and his father, former U.S. Secretary of the Army John Marsh, says he's learning something too.
"'Who are your role models?' And I said: 'Well, my role models are my children,’” John Marsh said.
The three generations watched and took part in this ceremony. The patriotic tunes and traditions were not just a ritual, but a call to action. John Marsh says, no matter where these young men end up, their time at Fishburne will prove valuable.
"I put a strict emphasis on military because a military environment can also produce some other things that relate to learning. It relates to values, and discipline. We all need discipline,” he said.
Former Secretary Marsh also said that, while he believes terrorism and cyber threats mean we face some difficult times ahead, he believes the country is in good hands. And his grandson plans on pursuing a medical career in the Army, just like his dad.
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