Duty. Sounds antiquated at times today. What is “duty” defined? Basically a moral commitment to obligation that requires action, but to really understand meaning, let’s examine the Latin debitus (past participle of debere) which means “to owe.”
We have interviewed a number of people for our Lean Berets Radio Shows that understood “duty” as classically defined “to owe.” WWII Navy Veteran Lavon Hellinga knew duty–and answered the call for her country. Army veteran Jake Monlux knew duty during post WWII operations over seas–he answered the call with action. Lt. Col. Jeff Crouch knows of duty after serving multiple tours of “duty” in the Middle East.
“You owe your country, and your country does not owe you…live up to what our forefathers fought for and sacrificed for…if it wasn’t for your WWI and WWII veterans giving you freedom–you might be somewhere else today.” -Lavon Hellinga
The video featured is a wonderful example from the Iowa Public Schools about today’s children experiencing interactive learning and feeling the moral obligation to duty for country and community. With these children in charge, we will be in good hands someday.
Duty. “To Owe.” Take action…for The Noble Purpose.