a prayer for veterans
“Why do they have to keep their eyes facing forward?” my son asks. We’re watching the film, Annapolis.
“They have to keep their focus,” I say, though what do I know of soldiers or navel academies?
My best guess is that the Mid-shipman is trying to see if he can provoke the plebes to react, testing their strength in the face of anger or fear.
I don’t typically share movies about soldiers with my sons, but we are heading to my father’s new home in Annapolis for Thanksgiving and I thought this DVD might lend a sense of place.
As a young teen, I lived on the army base at West Point. Soldiers ran in the woods behind my house in full fatigues with heavy packs and boots–in the heat of summer.
I saw the heads of plebes shaved in the courtyard outside the barracks when they…
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