Editor’s Notice: “The Spoken Phrase” is shared by Lloyd Newell every Sunday on the Tabernacle Choir’s weekly present in Temple Sq.. This shall be given on November 13, 2022.
On the west financial institution of the Hudson River, 40 miles north of New York Metropolis, stands the USA Navy Academy at West Level. For greater than 200 years, this well-known establishment has emphasised the values behind a easy and galvanizing motto: “Responsibility, Honor, Fatherland”.
Implicit on this motto is the idea that serving others shouldn’t be a matter of desire or comfort however a solemn obligation; that this service should be rendered honorably, with integrity or under no circumstances; and that the wants of our fellow residents, these with whom we share our nation, are as necessary as our personal.
Ken Alford is a retired US Military colonel and was a college member at West Level for a few years.
“To me, West Level is a superb mix of previous, current and the promise of the long run. As you stroll by way of the halls of West Level, you possibly can virtually odor the nice captains of the previous. There are additionally cadets at present, younger women and men who’re being skilled to turn into individuals of character. What West Level teaches is that there are issues which are extra necessary than you,” Alford mentioned.
For some, these values could seem outdated. However the fact is, they’re timeless – and well timed. At the moment, greater than ever, we want individuals who see it as their obligation to defend freedom, who place a excessive precedence on honor, and who do their half to make their nation and the world a greater place.
“All through my life, having had the chance to serve within the army, I’ve seen alternatives each right here – in the USA and overseas – the place individuals have stood up for these values and the blessing that has been of their lives and likewise within the lives of these round them. However I’d counsel that individuals all over the place, whether or not they’re related to the army or not, can search to make their nation a greater place,” Alford mentioned.
It isn’t sufficient to imagine that another person will undertake these values for us. Responsibility of service is our share to should. No matter our work, we will do it with honor. And love for our nation can encourage us to enhance our nation. You do not have to go to West Level to stay out of obligation, honor and nation. These values belong to all of us who selflessly enlist in a trigger higher than ourselves.
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