A Special Visit from a Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient

Gen. Perry Smith and Lt. Col. Hal Fritz with students whose family members are currently serving in the US Armed Forces. Gen. Perry Smith and Lt. Col. Hal Fritz with students whose family members are currently serving in the US Armed Forces.

On Thursday, 4th – 8th grade students had a special assembly with Gen. Perry Smith and Lt. Col. Harold “Hal” Fritz, recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Among the many wonderful and enlightening stories and lessons he shared, Lt. Col. Fritz said this in his opening remarks:
Every one of you here has a role to play, a role which involves making a contribution and serving your fellow man. Whether the circumstances before you call you to greatness or are normal, everyday, you have a piece to the puzzle and without that piece the picture would not be complete.”
 
Students asked thoughtful questions and listened attentively to Lt. Col. Fritz, and enjoyed his advice on leadership. One of those bits of advice suggested you should “never tell your people to do something you wouldn’t do yourself,” and he believes “the spirit of America is right here in Augusta.” And later during the Q and A, he said to them:
I believe your generation WILL find a better way to resolve conflict than through a gunsight, or bombsight, or laser. Maybe someone in this room will be the one, or part of the group, that helps us find a better way, a way to sit down with our adversaries and find a peaceful way to resolve our conflicts. I believe your generation will do that and technology will help.”
 
It was an honor and privilege to spend an hour with a real, live hero who spoke such wisdom, so compellingly and humbly. The children were terrific–attentive and engaged–and asked great questions in a session that Dr. Murray had to cut off or it would have gone all day.
Here are a few photos from the assembly.
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Dr. Ned R. Murray

Head of School

EDS Faculty since 2003; 20 years prior experience
B.A., The University of the South, Sewanee
M.Ed., The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
D.Min.EL, Virginia Theology Seminary

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