To my son

Discussion in 'Naval Academy - USNA' started by singaporemom, Feb 28, 2010.

  1. singaporemom

    singaporemom Member

    Jun 19, 2009
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    I decided that this will be included in my son's graduation announcement to friends and family...and Dad will recite this at graduation party...

    by General Douglas MacArthur for his son (1942)
    For those of us with Mid daughters, just substitute daughter for son and she for he!

    "Build me a son, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak,
    and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid;
    one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat,
    and humble and gentle in victory.
    Build me a son, whose wishes will not take the place of deeds;
    a son who will know Thee --
    and that to know himself is the foundation stone of knowledge.
    Lead him, I pray, not in the path of ease and comfort,
    but under the stress and spur of difficulties and challenge.
    Here let him learn to stand up in the storm;
    here let him learn compassion for those who fail.
    Build me a son whose heart will be clear, whose goal will be high;
    a son who will master himself before he seeks to master other men,
    one who will reach into the future, yet never forget the past.
    And, after all these things are his, add, I pray, enough of a sense of humor,
    so that he may always be serious, yet never take himself too seriously.
    Give him humility, so that he may always remember the simplicity of true greatness,
    the open mind of true wisdom, and the weakness of true strength.
    Then I, his father, will dare to whisper, "I have not lived in vain."​
  2. PositiveThinking

    PositiveThinking Member

    Apr 15, 2009
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    That's wonderful, singaporemom! Thanks for sharing it. :thumb:
  3. rkrosnar

    rkrosnar Member

    Jan 27, 2010
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    Could please give me the reason why General McArthur wrote this for his son.
    This is probably one of the most beautiful things, I have ever read

  4. parentofmen

    parentofmen Member

    Jan 16, 2010
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    Truly amazing, on so many levels, not just for an academy grad, but for any young adult who has achieved success. Thank you for sharing. My son just this last weekend received his black belt in martial arts after nearly 13 years of training and world class competitions. The perseverance it took has carried over into everything he does, and I believe it was this commitment and discipline that lead him to the Naval Academy. We're still hoping to hear the good news.
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