Allen West “The Watchmen of the Walls, ensuring freedom and liberty”

Allen West 2014
Photo by LTC Allen B. West with Major Herman West

by Allen West

Greetings from Ft. Leavenworth Kansas. I am staying in the Summerall suite in Otis Hall, named after Floridian, West Point graduate, Artilleryman, World War I veteran, Chief of Staff of the Army, and President of The Citadel’ General Charles Pelot Summerall.

I’m here to take part in a very special ceremony, a ceremony that continues a legacy. In America there are many different types of legacies — sports, entertainment, business, political — but none compare to the legacy of arms. It is a legacy that traces the men and women who have been willing to be the “watchmen on the walls’” those very special Guardians who ensure the others have the freedom and liberties they often take for granted.

There are times it is a thankless legacy, but for those who do follow the path, it is not for accolades. They do it because, well, it is a conviction like no other.

So today, January 10, 2014 at 3pm, I will have the distinct honor and pleasure to participate in the promotion ceremony of my nephew to the rank of Field Grade officer, Major.

I was promoted to Major in 1995 in Camp Casey Korea, so there was no family there for me, and my parents had both passed.

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