I witnessed a silent ceremony today that went virtually unnoticed. I am a retired teacher who substitutes at both high schools. My assignment for today found me at Glynn Academy, my alma mater from 1969. As I headed for the science building to sign in, I saw two Marine Corps JROTC students marching silently, very deliberately, perfectly in step down a sidewalk. I paused to see what was going on and saw one was carrying the folded American flag. They were headed for the flagpole.

I thought of my grandfather in World War I, and my father in World War II. No hate speech, no political points, no noise. Without fanfare of any kind, these two young men almost invisibly fulfilled their morning mission with dignity and honor. I will remember them as I pass that flagpole each time I come on the Glynn Academy campus. Well done.

Mark Warren