Monday, March 19, 2012

Salutation #110

(To the Cavalier Class of 2012)

Be peacemakers.

Your future greatness
shall be measured not by thy prowess
in the field of combat alone.

Though battle shall always be
an inescapable part
of your selfless service
as soldiers of our Republic,
I would that you frame
the diligent strides you take
in every field of battle
(within as well as without)
always in the larger context
of the arena of peace,
wherein we are all engaged
as a nation among one family of nations
that you may always maintain
a clearer perspective,
being well above the storm;
that you may never lose sight
of yourselves as you truly are,
being over War.

In this way
may each of thee gather renown -
as vanguards of the new age
that is now before us;
faithful sentinels of that promised morning
and watchful guardians
to all the generations of life
to come.

Go now and lead the way across!

Peace, I salute thee.

Mabuhay po kayong lahat
at mabuhay po ang Pilipinas nating lahat!