“Duty, Honor, Country,” Douglas MacArthur solemnly intoned in 1962 to the cadets at West Point , invoking the three words that summed up the cadets’ calling. On that occasion, MacArthur shared his understanding of the West Point motto in language so moving and eloquent that, according to at least one observer, "there wasn't a dry eye in the place" and you could "visualize exactly what he was talking about" — and almost hear and feel it.
What did "Duty, Honor, Country" mean to MacArthur during his long military career? What should those three hallowed words mean to us today?
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Fifty years ago, on May 12, 1962, Douglas MacArthur bade farewell to the cadets at West Point, an academy that he attended and graduated first in his class. In his final roll call with the cadets, he reminded them about "Duty, Honor, Country" — hallowed words that define what all future military officers should aspire to be and what MacArthur was.