Prayer of The Citadel
Give me a boy, Oh God,
who is willing to learn the true value of honor,
the necessity of perseverance and loyalty,
and the meaningfulness of devotion to God and country.
And I shall take this boy as does a blacksmith take a crude piece of metal,
and place him over a forge whose liberating flame of education
is fired by the bellows of strict military discipline.
Into this ingot of a man I shall temper self-respect and self-discipline,
fear of God and respect for mankind, appreciation of freedom and
awareness of what sacrifices must be made to preserve freedom,
and above all an insatiable desire for truth and honesty.
And when all these things I have done, I shall brand my finished work with
a ring of gold to let all of humanity know that I have given back to the world
a ...Citadel Man.
Class of 1972
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