The Riverside Military Academy Corps of Cadets claimed the President’s Trophy for best overall entry in the 32nd annual Atlanta Veterans’ Day Parade on Nov. 9 in downtown Atlanta.
“We were pleased that our parade judges confirmed your academy won the President’s Trophy, and I join our association’s officers and directors in congratulating Col. Benson and the entire Riverside Military Academy in this honor,” said Kevin Miller, President of the Georgia Veterans Day Parade Association of Atlanta Inc.
The Atlanta Veterans’ Day Parade, produced by the Georgia Veterans Day Parade Association of Atlanta Inc., is one of the nation’s largest Veterans’ Day events. The parade began at 11:11 a.m. in remembrance of the ceasefire agreement signed in 1918 to end World War I at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the eleventh month.
This year’s parade theme was “Honoring our Korean War Veterans and All Who Preserved Freedom.” The parade grand marshal was retired Brig. Gen. Charles E. Getz. He is No. 11 of the 50 most highly decorated military personnel of all time, which includes all U.S. military service branches and all U.S. Wars and periods of U.S. history.
Two Riverside cadets were honored with an invitation to kick off the Atlanta Veterans’ Day Parade by playing Echo Taps. Riverside sophomore Cadet Sgt. Quinton Munroe is the battalion bugler and sophomore Cadet Cpl. Branden Taylor is the assistant battalion bugler. They were each presented with a Georgia Veterans Day Parade Association medallion following their performance.
The Riverside Military Academy Color Guard was asked to present the National Colors during the annual Freedom Ball at the Georgia Aquarium later that evening. Riverside Cadet Battalion Cmdr. Harrison Summerour led the event attendees in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.
“The Georgia Veterans Day Parade Association of Atlanta is always thankful for the support we receive from Riverside Military Academy each year,” Miller said. “From the precision of the marching cadets in the parade to the professionalism of your leadership, your support of our events are appreciated and valued.”