May 25th, 2021
Hello, ladies and gentlemen. I would like to keep this short and sweet. I know everyone is excited to leave and start on their futures. I can assure you that no one is more ready for that than I am. After 7 years here, I know I am ready to see and experience new challenges. After all my time at this academy, one of the most important lessons I have learned is this: cadets are relentless in going after their goals. I have seen it over and over again, but in the end they more often than not manage to succeed. If we all can learn something from this shared experience it is that no matter how many times we encounter an obstacle or experience adversity, we can always keep trying over and over again until we succeed and get what we want out of this life.
If there is a single word that I would focus on it is perseverance. Many people in this world do not go on to complete their goals after high school. Not this class! There is not a single person in this class that does not have a plan for the future. Everyone in this class is extremely driven. Our small but mighty class is relentless in achieving our goals. We want to prove to the world that we are up to any challenge. This class right here is made up of determined and dedicated individuals. We will go out and set the world on fire with our dedication and commitment to achieving the task with which we are presented. The class of 2021 may not be the smartest, we may not be the funniest, but we are the most ready and determined. I have no doubt in my mind that this class will join the ranks with those that came before us in this school’s 123 years of operation.
Before I wrap this thing up and say goodbye to my fellow classmates, I would like to leave you with this quote:
“A good plan well executed now is better than a perfect plan executed next week”.
If you are presented with a golden opportunity now, do not hesitate because you overthink the problem. Be bold, trust your instincts, and take that leap of faith. I pray that we all keep the relentless determination that we have learned here because there is not a challenge on this earth that we cannot overcome. The world makes way for a determined man and this room is full of smart and determined men. With this I want to say goodbye to my classmates and I hope our paths cross again in the future.
Farewell and best of luck to all the fighting Rangers of the class of 2021! RANGERS LEAD THE WAY!
August 30th, 2021 Major David Van Horn is originally from Columbus, GA and is a 1991 graduate of Auburn University, commissioned through Auburn University Army