Be the Salt and the Light

This weekend I went at mass with my family.  The gospel of the mass was from St. Matthew.  “You are the salt of the earth,” he wrote.  I had never thought much about salt.  A common condiment found on every kitchen table.  Father John, our parish priest, however, gave me an understanding of this famous

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Safeguarding our Children

In the middle of the twentieth century the United States faced one of its greatest challenges.  America twenty years earlier had thought it had made the “world safe for democracy” and had failed.  In December of 1941 facing entry into World War sons, daughters, fathers, and mothers all were asked

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“I will defend to the death your right to say it…”

Today with our political debates and the election season at our doorstep, I thought it important to reflect on our First Amendment right of speech.  In 1919 the Supreme Court of the United States ruled against Charles Schenck.  Schenck had argued that his freedom of speech had been denied.  He was, like many

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Superintendent John Dolan Announces Retirement from New York Military Academy

Superintendent John Dolan Announces Retirement from the New York Military Academy. On December 31, 2019 Superintendent John Dolan officially retired from the New York Military Academy.  Deeply respected, Mr. Dolan has served the Academy for over three years as the Director of Admissions and Superintendent, contributing greatly to the development

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Pursuit of Happiness

Beginning a new class this week on our government and elections I thought I might reflect on our Bill of Rights over the next few weeks and its meaning to us as world citizens and life-long students.  Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence wrote that “all men have the right

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How Blessed I Am

This week marks the end of the term and as our Corps of Cadets venture home we are blessed with warm goodbyes, hugs, and wishes for safe travels.  It is impossible not to be in awe of the change in our relationship since they first met me that early September

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Enjoy Winter Furlough

In an interview for his film Annie Hall for the New York Times, Academy Award winner Woody Allen said, “80 percent of success is showing up.”  It is a lesson our NYMA cadets are learning.  On these cold and snowy days, it can be challenging to leave the barracks and

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A Special Message — Make your bed!

The very essence of being a NYMA Cadet consists of some simple things that cannot be ignored. Being in the right uniform, keeping your rooms to standard, being on time for class and following appearance regulations to name a few.   Individually they are simple tasks, as Admiral William H. McRaven noted,

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Winter Furlough Information

Winter Furlough Information: December 20, 2019 – January 5, 2020 Exams are scheduled December 17-20.  Students may leave after completing their last exam, commitment, project, and have passed room inspection. Bus transportation to/from the Beacon Train Station and area airports is available on December 20th, and January 5th.  Bus reservations

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Won’t You be My Neighbor?

This week as part of our faculty development we watched the 2018 documentary “Won’t You be My Neighbor?” Fred Rogers, a name familiar to many for his television show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, taught generations of preschool age children to love, be kind, laugh, respect, forgive, and most importantly that each child in this

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