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Remarks at Macedonian Monument Rededication 4-25-14

Good afternoon Admiral Miller, Mister Marchant, HONORED GUESTS, classmates and guests. I’d like to welcome you to the Class of 1973’s end of Stribling Walk, anchored by our Class Bench and the newly refurbished Macedonian Monument we’ll re-dedicate today.

This project was the most tangible leg of our most-recent three-part Class Gift that raised more than $730,000 in support of this project, the Academic Center, and the Annual Fund.

I’d like to publicly acknowledge and thank our amazingly successful fundraising Chairman, Dirk Mosis, and his committee of about a dozen classmates who solicited from some of the larger contributors, and, of course, the nearly 400 classmates who chose to participate and support our gift.

This beautiful new figurehead, restored in kind to match the original, and the meticulously restored cannons will stand impressively long after we have passed.

It is especially appropriate that the Class of 1973 chose to be associated with a monument to the great Macedonian warrior, Alexander the Great. Early on in our days here on the Severn, our first Superintendent, VADM James Calvert, impressed on us the importance of combining the best of Athens and Sparta.

Just as Alexander was taught by the best available philosophers and warriors and learned his lessons well, I believe the Class of ’73 faithfully fulfilled the mission statement assuming the “highest responsibilities of command, citizenship and government”. Alexander conquered the known world at his time and the Class of ’73 met their challenges, did their best, and history will judge them.

I don’t think I’ll ever pass this spot again without proudly recalling my classmates’ accomplishments. I thank them and I thank you for being here today to celebrate with us.

Thank you.

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