The 78th Randolph Macon Academy Brigade

By Chuck RitenouR

Two hundred boys all in their teens

in solemn parade, marching as one

brass and dress grays spotlessly clean

this is no time for laughter and fun.

Senior class cadre leading the way

in shoes spit-shined beyond perfection.

The ritual beginning our every day

raising the flag and formal inspection.

In dining halls, seats assigned

faculty member at the table's head

we ate as one, our chairs alligned

unless addressed, not a word was said.

Every morning attending classes

afternoons devoted to drill

Better be sharp or harvest demerits

while at attention on Old North Field

Form for retreat, the order goes out

lowering the flag at the end of the day

"Brigade dismissed", then laughter and shouts

and we became children let out to play.

Cadet Pvt C. A. Ritenour 1970 a member of the 78th Brigade
Cadet Pvt C. A. Ritenour 1970 a member of the 78th Brigade | Source

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Micky Dee 5 years ago

Very pretty! I lived near a military school and I could see the drills and a lot of their lives. God bless!


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Chuck RitenouR 5 years ago from Front Royal, Virginia Author

Micky Dee,

I fought the system with all my might while attending RMA and inspite of myself received an excellent education and a deep respect for discipline and all it can accomplish.

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