sing second!

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Our son celebrating a sing-second moment.

“Singing second”

is perhaps the most prized moment in the football career of a player

at one of the service academies.

 

The tradition after games between the Military Academies is for the “Alma Mater” of both teams to be performed by the respective school bands with the teams standing together at attention. The anthem of the losing team is performed first, then the anthem of the winning team is performed second.

 

In only 2 days and a butt we look forward to when

ARMY

sings second!

GO ARMY! BEAT NAVY!

 

 

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Our son’s final walk in his favorite Service Academy uniform. Circa Army/Navy c/o 2012.

And extra-special hugs n’ blessings to all the firsties who will play their final game.

Alma Mater

Hail, Alma Mater dear,
To us be ever near.
Help us thy motto bear
Through all the years.
Let Duty be well performed.
Honor be e’er untarned
Country be ever armed.
West Point, by thee.

Guide us, thine own, aright
Teach us by day, by night,
To keep thine honor bright,
For thee to fight.

When we depart from thee,
Serving on land or sea,
May we stand loyal be,
West Point, to thee

And when our work is done,
Our course on earth is run,
May it be said, “Well done”
Be thou at peace.”
E’er may that line of gray
Increase from day to day
Live, serve, and die, we pray,
West Point, for thee.

P.S. Reinecke, 1911

 

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Stephen Chase Prasnicki KIA 2012  None More American

*Video credit: Austin Lachance

*Photo credits: Danny Wild and myself.

heroes don’t wear capes…

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WWII Monument, Kansas State University

Heroes don’t wear capes…

they wear dog tags!

Two thin tags of metal that many cannot bare the weight to wear.

Two mere dollars-worth tokens –  more valuable than gold.

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Two tiny tin-punched pieces of information which contain only a scratch of data,

on lives valiantly lived.

So much more than the eye can see

is their meaning to those who pray for the ones they hang upon,

and all those they serve.

Continue reading “heroes don’t wear capes…”

Remember them.

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Remember the Sacrifice…

Spc. Isiah L. Booker January 7, 2017

Army Spc. John P. Rodrigues January 12, 2017

Chief Petty Officer William “Ryan” Owens January 29, 2017

Pfc. Brian P. Odiorne February 20, 2017

Sgt. 1st Class Robert R. Boniface March 19, 2017

Continue reading “Remember them.”