Whether you are for or against our military involvements, liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat, it'd take the worst kind of curmudgeon to miss the strength and goodness radiating from the Quantico parade deck Saturday morning. The young men and women in our armed forces represent a small sampling of what is right and good in our country and I have never been so pleased and proud as I was this weekend to meet these fine young people ~ every one of them strong, confident, cheerful, respectful, and willing to sacrifice for the good. If you don't believe it, check out what they had to endure to reach graduation day!
These men and women contradict every dire prediction about the future of our American youth. And it heartens me to know that for everyone of these 800-some fine young people there are scores at home, just as wonderful, who have not been called to military life. These are the children who don't make the headlines ~ except as one in a figure that is a graduating class ~ from military school, from college, from the seminary... On the homefront or on the front lines, behaving with honor and responsibility. They're out there, folks; have no fear.
There are a lot of things in this world to worry about; I won't even start a list, because you know what they are. But, our weekend in Quantico, Virginia has left me with one overwhelming impression: we have more in this country to be grateful for than to worry about.
Meet the 2008, Marine Officer Candidate School graduates, the largest graduating class in USMC history!
We're so proud of you!