Friday, August 12, 2011

Standing on tradition

The value of tradition to a military or naval service is recognized only by those who know something of the deeds contained in its "Golden Book."  The effect that customs had in the formulation of naval regulations is a particular example of the influence of sound usage.  Moreover, the worth of ceremony rests mainly in the fact that it binds us to the past while at the same time, it lends an air of dignity and respect in all official relations whether they occur at home or abroad.  Ceremony is to a marked degree the cement of discipline, and upon discipline the service rests.

Naval Customs, Traditions and Usage
Leland P. Lovette
Lieutenant Commander
United States Navy

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Captain Lambert,

These are words to live by.