Honored to be invited to the Summit High School graduation ceremony. I praise and commend valedictorian Duncan Biggin for the fine review of history re-enacting Patton’s speech, apropos for the Memorial Day weekend. The insightful likening of preparedness for battle to life’s uncertain demands is refreshing in light of today’s changing societal values. History has documented the demise of great civilizations that lost focus, with barbarians at the gate, who chose instead to live in perverse security of their decadence. Youth is the future. May you develop full potential each according to your own ability. Unlike the gold star handed to everyone in the desire for fairness. Your reward earned through achievement will be meaningful and fulfilling.