Randolph-Macon Academy will hold a Patriot Day Ceremony on September 10, 2012, at 7:50 a.m. In addition honoring all those who died in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Randolph-Macon Academy also recognizes others who have continued to make sacrifices since that fateful day. In 2011, the Academy honored all of the first responders in the local area. This year’s theme is "Honoring Heroes: Their Commitment, Their Service, and Their Selflessness." Three R-MA students will speak on commitment, selflessness, and courage. In addition, a folded flag will be presented to Christina Kalassay Valentine, a 1987 graduate of R-MA, in honor of her late husband Tom Valentine, a Navy SEAL who died in a training accident in 2008.
This ceremony is open to the public. R-MA cadets will take their place in front of Sonner-Payne Hall at 7:45 a.m., so it is recommended that visitors arrive prior to that time. This outdoor ceremony will begin at 7:50 a.m., and is expected to last until 8:40 a.m. Visitors should be aware that there will be a 21-gun volley during the ceremony.
Randolph-Macon Academy (R-MA), founded in 1892, is a college-preparatory, coeducational day and boarding school for students in grades 6 through 12. Students in grades 9-12 participate in R-MA’s 91st Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) and have the option to participate in a unique flight program. R-MA is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is located in Front Royal, VA.