I had the opportunity recently to tour the West Point Military Academy. It was an interesting and inspiring tour. Most impressive was the tour of the Chapels and the Cemetery. The emphasis on Duty, Honor and Country gave you a sense of the commitment to and respect for our country these men and women have.
President Thomas Jefferson signed legislation establishing the United States Military Academy in 1802.
The United States Military Academy has been educating, training, and inspiring leaders of character for our United States Army and for the nation for more than 200 years. West Point provides a 47-month leader-development program steeped in academic rigor, military discipline, and physical challenges, all built upon a moral-ethical foundation. The academy is an internationally recognized institution for academic, military and physical excellence, and we are proud that today’s cadets will become tomorrow’s military, public and private-sector leaders.
West Point’s purpose is to produce leaders of character who are prepared to provide selfless service to our Army and the nation. In World War I, Academy graduates again distinguished themselves on the battlefield. After the war, Superintendent Douglas MacArthur sought to diversify the academic curriculum. In recognition of the intense physical demands of modern warfare, MacArthur pushed for major changes in the physical fitness and intramural athletic programs. “Every cadet an athlete” became an important goal.
Eisenhower, MacArthur, Bradley, Ulyseses Grant, Norman Swartzkopf and many other distinguished military leaders were graduates of the academy.
Perhaps your call is not to serve in the military or to attend a Military Academy but what is your role to live a life of “Duty, Honor and Country”?