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From the seed of popular government sown at Jamestown, culminating in the Constitution of the United States, has sprung
The American Nation,
of all the nations of the world the freest, the happiest and most admired.
And for the Flag, never dream a dream but of serving her as she bids you, though that service carry you through a thousand hells.
Remember, boy, that behind all those men you have to do with, behind officers and government and people, even, there is the country herself, your country, and that
You Belong To Her
as you belong to your own mother.
Stand by her, boy, as you would stand by your mother if those devils there had got hold of her today!
Once given by Dr. Hale to the Graduating Class at West Point for their motto.