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BROTHERS

Contributed by Britt Knox

Nov11,2003

King Henry V (1387-1422) who was the king of England from 1413 to1422 defeated the French in a battle at Agincourt in the Hundred Years’ War on October 25, 1415, the day of the patron saint of shoemakers, Saint Crispin. At that time King Henry V was twenty-eight years old. Approximately 185 years later, William Shakespeare wrote a historical play titled Henry V. In this play King Henry V speaks to his soldiers the day of the battle reminding them of the honor to be theirs after the fight. This famous speech is shown below:

He that shall live this day, and see old age,

Then will he strip his sleeve and show his scares.

And say “These wounds I had on Crispin’s day.”. . .

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;

For he to-day that sheds his blood with me

Shall be my brother. . . .

And gentlemen in England now a-bed

Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,

And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks

That fought with us upon Saint Crispin’s Day.

 

117th Brothers

                            . . . for the many times we risk our lives together,

                            not for just one battle but almost on a daily basis.

                           Surely Shakespeare’s King Henry would say

                           We too . . . are brothers. A very special band of

                                                            brothers.

Prayer from Moses’ 91st Psalm

Thank you Lord . . . for delivering my brothers from the snare of the fowler and the perilous pestilence, and covering them with your feathers and giving them refuge under your wings. And please continue to do so for ever and ever. Amen

         


THE SOLDIER'S CREED

I am an American Soldier. I am a man of the United States Army - a protector of the greatest nation on earth. Because I am proud of the uniform I wear, I will always act in ways creditable to the military service and the nation it is sworn to guard.

I am proud of my own organization. I will do all I can to to make it the finest unit of the Army. I will be loyal to those under whom I serve. I will do my full part to carry out orders and instructions given to me or my unit.

As a Soldier, I realize that I am a member of a time-honored profession - that I am doing my share to perpetuate the principles of freedom for which my country stands. No matter what situation I am in I will never do anything for pleasure, profit or personal safety which will disgrace my uniform, my unit or my country. I will use every means I have beyond the line of duty to restrain my Army comrades from actions disgraceful to themselves and the uniform. I am proud of my country and its flag. I will try to make the people of this nation proud of the service I represent for I am an American Soldier.



GENERAL ORDERS


1. To take charge of this post and all Government property in view.

2. To walk my post in a military manner, keeping always on the alert, and observing everything that takes place within sight or hearing.

3. To report all violations of orders I am instructed to enforce.

4. To repeat all calls from posts more distant from the guardhouse than my own.

5. To quit my post only when properly relieved.

6. To receive, obey and pass on to the sentinel who relieves me all orders from the commanding officer, officer of the day, and officers and noncommissioned officers of the guard only.

7. To talk to no one except in the line of duty.

8. To give the alarm in case of fire or disorder.

9. To call the commander of the relief in any case not covered by instructions.

10. To salute all officers, and all colors and standards not cased.

11. To be especially watchful at night and, during the time for challenging, to challenge all persons on or near my post and allow no one to pass without proper authority.


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