The first spot in our series, "Something More", is designed to remind all of us of a younger, more innocent, perhaps more purely motivated time in our lives. It is for those who chose service over security and selflessness over selfishness, who at some point were looking for something that went beyond the commonplace and the mundane. They were looking for something more...
One of the hallmarks of those who chose a career path in the military is their dedication of service to the nation–supporting and defending the nation’s foundational values contained in our Constitution. In this spot, entitled "Can I Be More?," we follow the continuing search begun in "Something More" of our young perspective plebes, but this time on a journey which takes them beyond the conventional narrow and self-serving viewpoint of youth.
If the previous two spots were designed to remind midshipmen of their earliest aspirations that drew them to military service, "Remember" is about the unique place of the Naval Academy among the service Academies—a lens into the Naval Academy’s traditions and values, as well as the memories it honors and the honor it ingrains in our memories.
Who knows more the about the cost of Freedom and the hard choices we need to make each and every day to earn that freedom, than those who have served in the face of danger in service for their country. Yet for someone who was captured, tortured and isolated for years as a POW, freedom has an especially deep meaning. What prison walls taught Captain Charlie Plumb is that no chains can prevent us from chosing each and every day who we want to be.