Each Nov. 11, a ceremony is held at the gravesite of U.S. Gen. John Joseph “Black Jack” Pershing, commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during World War I. For the first time in Arlington National Cemetery’s history, officials chose a Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) unit to lay a wreath at Pershing’s gravesite. The honored unit: Camden Military Academy’s (CMA) “Blackjacks” Pershing Rifle drill team, which was also “sworn in” by the officer in charge of the event, U.S. Maj. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan. The team is also the first high school Blackjack drill team in South Carolina.
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