On Thursday, November 9, the Portsmouth Abbey School community gathered for a special assembly in honor of Veterans Day. Three members of the community prepared remarks for the crowd: COL (Ret) Bryndol Sones, mathematics teacher, SP4 (sep) Clifford Hobbins, history teacher, and Karl Jackson '18.
Col. Sones' speech reminded the audience that sometimes, being the "first" is not a cause for celebration. First casualties, first injuries, and first experiences with combat were some examples he outlined as the audience listened with rapt attention. Mr. Hobbins, a Vietnam veteran, spoke about recent events across the country, and how the philosophy of "you never know" shaped his outlook. Karl Jackson, the son of a service member, spoke of his background as a military child and how he hopes to honor those experiences as an adult.
The ceremony included reading the names of Portsmouth Abbey graduates killed in the line of action, followed by Schola leading the school in America the Beautiful. Sarabeth Suber '20 and Mrs. Corie McDermott-Fazzino closed the program with a rendition of TAPS. The entire community was profoundly moved by the speeches and the program and it served as a poignant reminder to thank and honor those who have served.