"From the Far East I send you one single thought, one sole idea — written in red on every beachhead from Australia to Tokyo — There is no substitute for victory!"
― General Douglas MacArthur
We marched back from Lake Frederick after a relatively relaxed week in tents. Our class motto, “With Honor We Strive,” led the way, emblazoned in gold letters across a black background. To my amazement, the entire West Point community came out to give our class a legitimate hero’s welcome. I didn’t know what to think. After six weeks of Beast Barracks, the mass cheering of all those folks lining the streets evoked within me some rather serious cognitive dissonance. Similarly, my classmates and I were eager for the end of Beast Barracks but also nervous for what lay ahead.