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This part of the site features monthly devotional thoughts by the Association's Chaplain, with the goal of encouraging Signal Corps OCS Graduates to be exceptional in their lives and to live life at a higher level. Our current Chaplain is of the Christian faith, so naturally his devotionals are fashioned around his Christian beliefs. Your comments and suggestions are welcome and can be offered directly to the Chaplain by eMail at:

by LTC (R) Max Holt, Class 02-67

March 2017

Remember The Alamo

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As you already know, on March 6, 1836, just before dawn, thousands of Mexican soldiers attacked approximately 200 defenders inside the famed ALAMO, in San Antonio, Texas. 

All defenders were killed, but their valiant stand against overwhelming odds served to inspire the outnumbered Texas Army, fighting for Texas’ independence.    

Twenty-one days later, at Goliad, Texas, the Mexican Army massacred 500 unarmed Texas Army prisoners. Soon, the Texas Army had two rallying cries that would eventually insight courage and tenacity among its soldiers: REMEMBER THE ALAMO and REMEMBER GOLIAD. The Mexican Army had no idea that those two events and the resulting slogans, would lead to Mexico’s defeat, and to Texas becoming an independent country. Throughout our history, there have been those times and those people who uttered words that inspired others to action.

“If the freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”                       George Washington

“Give me liberty or give me death.”  Patrick Henry

“The patriot’s blood is the seed of freedom’s tree.”  Thomas Campbell

“Four score and seven years ago...”  Abraham Lincoln

“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”  Winston Churchill

(Heard in Vietnam) “You’ve never lived until you’ve almost died. Freedom has a flavor the protected will never taste.”  Unknown 

I could go on and on with quotes but the ones above make the point… words matter… words inspire… words change the world. 

What about your words? What have you said that mattered in a significant way? ho have you inspired to take some sort of positive action? The other day I was playing TRAINS with my five-year-old grandson. I was teaching him how to build a bridge that would allow the wooden tracks to cross each other, without crashing the train. He hung on my every word. Eventually, he learned how to do it on his own. A few days later, I noticed he had designed other successful changes to the track. He told his dad that Grandpa was “really smart.” Sadly, it won’t take him long to discover that Grandpa is like everyone else…learning life through trial and error…mostly error. But, the most powerful words I have ever said to him, and his twin sister,… “I LOVE YOU.”  

The Bible talks about the importance of words, in 521 different verses. Proverbs 15:1 says, “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.” So, what do your words stir up? Love? Appreciation? Encouragement? Or, discontent? Bitterness? Anger? 

Remember… your words matter.  Your relationships, influence and your legacy will rise and fall on your words. Speak wisely!

May your words be blessed…and BE a blessing.

Max Holt, Class 02-67
Association Chaplain


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May '16 Jun '16 Jul '16 Aug '16 Sep '16 Oct '16 Nov '16 Dec '16 Jan '17 Feb '17 Mar 17 Apr 17

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