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Georgian president congratulated cadets on graduating from the Military Lyceum

Wednesday, July 4
President Mikheil Saakashvili attended the graduation of the first class at the Military Lyceum of Cadets on July 1. The president personally handed the secondary education diplomas to several of the cadets. He also helped distribute the relevant military certificates, and badges. Afterwards, Saakashvili addressed the graduates and noted the great honor it is to serve one’s country. Mikheil Saakashvili then thanked the lyceum’s lecturers, officers, and instructors for their hard work. He also addressed the reforms implemented in the defense sphere in Georgia.

“We are very proud of your school and the class of 2012. I hope you are also proud of the fact that you are graduates of this school. You have received the best education and I am glad that 75 out of 78 graduates have decided to continue their education at the military academy. There is no greater honor than serving your country in a uniform. There is no greater honor than fighting for your country and being able to sacrifice yourself for it. Georgia would be a failed state today without self-sacrificing heroes. Ancient nations have gone extinct– nations with a history as great as that of Georgia, because they were unable to defend themselves and find their places on the world map. Georgia is facing big challenges. A part of our territory is still occupied, but based on our experience, every conqueror is temporary and Georgia is eternal. The eternal Georgia needs to be defended and this is the business of every generation,” stated Mikheil Saakashvili.

The Military Lyceum of Cadets has 78 graduates and 300 students are pursuing studies at the academy. The cadets have gone through physical training and studies in military affairs, topography, and information technology. They were also provided military field lessons in tactical fire, engineering, communication and medical response. The lyceum was rehabilitated two-years ago and it is fully financed by the state. The school admits students after the ninth grade every year. Anyone that passes the general abilities test can study at the lyceum. During their studies cadets are provided with meals, a living place (barracks), medical care, and all of the necessary inventory and equipment.