Sen. Kaine Honors Veterans at Fishburne Military School

Nov 12, 2021

On Veterans Day, students at Fishburne Military School honored alumni that have died in combat by placing a small American flag into the ground for each one.
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The Fishburne Military School in Waynesboro hosted a Veterans Day event on Thursday afternoon. WMRA's Randi B. Hagi reports.

Senator Tim Kaine noted that the cadets gathered there could not remember a time the country wasn't at war.
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CADET: Alpha! Present -- arms! [sound of uniforms jingling]

The cadets of the Fishburne Military School, clad in sharp gray uniforms, performed a series of drills to open the Veterans Day ceremony, followed by a performance by the school band.

[sound of the band playing The Star-Spangled Banner]

The featured guest, Senator Tim Kaine, noted that the cadets gathered there could not remember a time the country wasn't at war.

TIM KAINE: I don't think we've really wrapped our head around that. We live in a dangerous world, to be sure. … We could be in a war tomorrow with the number of challenges that exist around the world, but with the end of combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, we are now in a unique moment that we haven't known for 20 years in the United States.

A piper plays Amazing Grace on bagpipes.
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The students honored the school's alumni that have died in combat by placing a small American flag into the ground for each one.

CADET: Spanish American War: Richard B. Smith. [sound of bell chime, drumroll] World War II: Robert B. …

This Thursday also marked the 100th anniversary of the death of the school's founder, James A. Fishburne.

[sound of bagpipes playing Amazing Grace]