By lex, on May 25th, 2007
As if any further were needed, of mankind’s perfectibility.
And a motivational ceremony too – MGEN Rich Zilmer, Commander of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Deputy Commander of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force and but recently returned from Iraq gave a motivational speech about the honors and obligations of a life in service during wartime, The Oath was taken and a goodly number of ensigns and second lieutenants joined the naval service with parents, friends and loved ones there to place new insignia upon shoulder boards and epaulets as appropriate. Enlisted men had been requested in advance by the newly commissioned to receive each officer’s first salute, for which service a silver dollar was exchanged, as is our custom.
Swords were passed out to the young officers of Marines – mamelukes, they are called – and it was with a bit of wry humor that your correspondent observed them marching away – it takes a certain gait to march with a sheathed sword at your side, and not everyone gets it straight away.
They will learn in time, and a great deal more besides.