Duty - Honor - Country.
Those three hallowed words reverently
dictate what you ought to be,
What you can be, What you will
They are your rallying points:
to build courage when courage seems
to regain faith when there seems to
be little cause for faith;
to create hope when hope becomes forlorn.
They build your basic character, 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
in honest failure, but humble and gentle
not to substitute words for actions,
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
to master yourself before you seek
to master others;
to have a heart that is
clean, a goal that is high;
to learn to laugh yet never forget
how to weep;
to reach into the future yet
never neglect the past;
to be serious yet never to take yourself
to be modest so that you will remember
the simplicity of true greatness,
the open mind of true wisdom,
the meekness of true strength.
They give you a temper of the will,
a quality of the Imagination, a vigor
of the emotions,
a freshness of the deep springs of
a temperamental predominance of courage
over timidity, an appetite for adventure
over love of ease.
They create in your heart the sense
The unfailing hope of what next, and
and inspiration of life.
General Douglas Mac Arthur
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