West Point in Orange County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Class of 1903
Inscribed on these walls are excerpts from General MacArthur’s last address to the Corp of Cadets, 12 May 1962
Duty • Honor • Country
You are the leaven which binds together the entire fabric of our national system of defense. From your ranks come the great captains who hold the nation’s destiny in their hands the moment the war tocsin sounds. The long gray line has never failed us. Were you to do so, a million ghosts would rise from their white crosses thundering those magic words
The shadows are lengthening for me, the twilight is here. My days of old have vanished tone and tint. They have gone glimmering through the dreams of things that were. Their memory is one of wonderous beauty, watered by tears and coaxed and caressed by the smiles of yesterday. I listen vainly for the witching melody of faint bugles blowing reveille, of far drums beating the long roll. But in the evening of my memory, always I come back to West Point, always there echoes and re-echoes
It is the story of American man at arms. In memory’s eye I could see those staggering columns, bending under soggy packs on many a weary march from dripping dusk to drizzling dawn, to form grimly for the attack. Blue-lipped, covered with sludge and mud, driving home to their objective and, for many, to the judgement seat of God. Always for them
Your mission remains fixed, determined, inviolable – it is to win our wars. All other public purposes will find others for their accomplishment. Yours is the profession of arms – the will to win; the sure knowledge that in war there is no substitute for victory; that the very obsession of your public service must be
there is no substitute
Location. 41° 23.567′ N, 73° 57.528′ W. Marker is in West Point, New York, in Orange County. Marker is on Jefferson Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is located at the U.S. Military Academy, in front of the MacArthur Barracks. Marker is in this post office area: West Point NY 10996, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Attack on Pearl Harbor (a few steps from Douglas MacArthur (a few steps from this marker); Constitution Corner (within shouting distance of this marker); Superintendant's Quarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Colonel Thayer (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Beat Navy Tunnel (about 400 feet away); Washington (about 400 feet away); U.S. Military Academy (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Point.
More about this marker. Monument consists of a bronze statue on a pedastal, surrounded by seven granite walls containing parts of a speech given by Gen. MacArthur.
Also see . . . Biography of Douglas MacArthur. (Submitted on September 10, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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