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Randolph-Macon Academy honors heroes on Patriot Day

Randolph-Macon Academy senior Madeline Chafin speaks to her fellow cadets and to teachers and community members about heroes during a Patriot Day ceremony on Sept. 11 in Front Royal. Courtesy photo

The Randolph-Macon Academy color guard stands ready as the Patriot Day Ceremony begins on Sept. 11. Looking on are distinguished guests from the community, including R-MA chairman of the board Joseph Silek, Front Royal Fire Chief Richard Mabie, Warren County board of supervisors chairman Archie Fox, Warren County Sheriff Daniel McEathron, Front Royal Police Chief Norman Shiflett, Warren County administrator Doug Stanley, and Front Royal town manager Steven Burke. Courtesy photo

Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal has announced that family and honored guests from the local community gathered on the morning of Sept. 11 to pay homage to United States heroes like policemen, firemen, first responders and soldiers, who risk their lives every day for the safety of others.

The ceremony included a 21-gun salute and the playing of Taps to honor patriots who have sacrificed their lives for others. R-MA senior Madeline Chafin of North Carolina gave a short speech about heroes, which included a tribute to mothers, fathers, siblings, children and others who lost someone during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 -- "Everyone who lost someone or knew someone in the attack is a hero," she said.

"Heroes are all around us right now. We all have the potential to let our courage and our bravery show. We can all be examples of what others may want to become," the press release quoted her saying.

The flag was placed at half-staff and flown throughout the day in honor of Staff Sergeant Anthony Drake, a 2001 graduate of Randolph-Macon Academy who is currently serving on active duty. The flag will be sent to him later this month.


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