Duty, Honor, Country

Roamy here. XBradTC is travelling today, so I looked for something to post.

On this day in 1962, the United States Military Academy honored Gen. Douglas MacArthur with the Sylvanus Thayer Award for his 52 years of military service. He gave the famous “Duty, Honor, Country” speech which can be found here.  Anything I might try to say about this would only be a hack attempt, so let me include this quote instead.

The unbelievers will say they are but words, but a slogan, but a flamboyant phrase. Every pedant, every demagogue, every cynic, every hypocrite, every troublemaker, and, I am sorry to say, some others of an entirely different character, will try to downgrade them even to the extent of mockery and ridicule.

But these are some of the things they do. They build your basic character. They mold you for your future roles as the custodians of the nation’s defense. They make you strong enough to know when you are weak, and brave enough to face yourself when you are afraid.

They teach you to be proud and unbending in honest failure, but humble and gentle in success; not to substitute words for action; not to seek the path of comfort, but to face the stress and spur of difficulty and challenge; to learn to stand up in the storm, but to have compassion on those who fall; to master yourself before you seek to master others….