photo via West Point Public Affairs’ photostream
I came across this photo while I was working today. It was shared on a military site and it caught my eye. I have to admit it wasn’t the caption I was expecting:
Cadet Field Training Run Back 2011 12
Cadets and staff assigned to Cadet Field Training finished their summer detail with a run-back from Camp Buckner to the steps of Washington Hall, July 22, West Point N.Y. After the runners came through Washington Gate they were cooled down by the West Point Fire Department. Lt. Gen. David H. Huntoon Jr. ran with the group and spoke to the CFT detail at the completion of the run. Photo by by Tommy Gilligan/West Point Public Affairs. (via Flickr)
I seriously expected to see a completely different story and meaning:
Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Passes Senate 65-31
WASHINGTON -- The Senate voted 65-31 on Saturday to end Don't Ask, Don't Tell, defeating a 17-year policy of banning gay and lesbian service members from serving openly in the military. Six Republicans initially crossed the aisle to vote against the policy: Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Scott Brown (R-Mass.), Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and George Voinovich (R-Ohio). (via Huffington Post)
See? Much so better (and brings a tear to my eye).
In all seriousness, congratulations to the cadets for attending such a prestigious institution and I offer a heartfelt thank you for your service. This photo is a celebration of your accomplishment. Also, thank you to the US Senate for being instrumental in seeing an end to a discriminatory policy that probably seemed like an okay compromise at the time.