The Legion of Thirteen at Liberty Common School is a special recognition given to students who have attended the school for thirteen consecutive years. The name "Legion of Thirteen" is inspired by the Thirteenth Legion, one of the Roman legions commanded by General Julius Caesar during the first Century BC.
During this time, the Roman Senate imposed restrictions on its generals, preventing them from entering Rome while armed. Julius Caesar, who had gained popularity and recognition as a great battlefield hero, fell out of favor with the Senate and was effectively banished from Rome. Faced with the decision of whether to wage a civil war against the Roman Republic, Caesar made a momentous choice on January 10th, 49 BC. He crossed the Rubicon, a river marking the northern boundary of Rome, thus committing himself and his Thirteenth Legion to an act of defiance and armed insurrection against the Republic.
The phrase "crossing the Rubicon" has since become a metaphor for making a significant commitment or taking decisive action, beyond the point of no return. The Legion of Thirteen serves as a testament to the students' long-standing commitment to Liberty Common School and recognizes their journey of thirteen years within the educational community.
The Induction Ceremony
Seniors are ceremoniously inducted into the Legion XIII during an annual event on January 10th. This splendid celebration commences with a recounting of the rich history of the Legion of Thirteen, accompanied by heartfelt remarks from Liberty Common School's founders, the Headmaster, administrators, and instructors.
Inductees are bestowed with special gifts and are presented with their red key, symbolizing their official membership in the Legion XIII. In turn, these seniors also present each kindergartener attending the ceremony with a white challenge key.
As the event draws to a close, Legionnaires are honored with sentiments and best wishes from their parents and loved ones. In a touching conclusion, they receive their pair of dice to commemorate Julius Caesar’s words at the crossing of the Rubicon – Alea iacta est – “the die is cast.”
Each year, the esteemed members of the Legion of XIII honor a tradition by visiting elementary-school campuses to bestow white challenge keys upon all kindergarten students. This ceremonial act serves as a symbolic gesture encouraging these young learners to embark on a lifelong journey of education, culminating in their graduation from Liberty Common School and subsequent induction into the esteemed ranks of the Legion of XIII.
At the heart of this tradition lies a commitment to instilling the values of dedication and pursuit of knowledge within the kindergarten students. By presenting them with white challenge keys, the seniors challenge these young minds to embrace the joys of continuous learning and strive for excellence throughout their academic journey.
When these kindergarteners progress through their educational milestones and eventually reach their graduation from Liberty Common School, they gather to commemorate their induction into the Legion of XIII. At this momentous event, the students part ways with their white challenge keys, returning them in exchange for the revered LEGIO XIII red key. This distinctive emblem, worn with pride during the graduation ceremony, serves as a testament to their dedication, perseverance, and successful completion of their educational endeavors.