Homecoming at West Point.  Driving in the gate elicits such vivid emotion for me.  Strange irony…I spent four years here, surviving and trying to ‘escape’…now I am constantly drawn back to my ‘Rock-bound Highland Home’.  A photo from space of the Hudson River north of New York City.  You can see where the river narrows and makes a sharp bend around the ‘commanding plateau on the west bank of the river’.  General George Washington considered this place to be the most strategic position in America…’Fortress West Point’…

Hail, Alma Mater dear,
To us be ever near,
Help us thy motto bear
Through all the years.
Let duty be well performed,
Honor be e'er untarned,
Country be ever armed,
West Point, by thee.

Guide us, thy sons, aright,
Teach us by day, by night,
To keep thine honor bright,
For thee to fight.
When we depart from thee,
Serving on land or sea,
May we still loyal be,
West Point, to thee.

And when our work is done,
Our course on earth is run,
May it be said, 'Well Done;
Be Thou At Peace.'
E'er may that line of gray
Increase from day to day,
Live, serve, and die, we pray,
West Point, for thee.