‘Honor’ and ‘integrity’ are probably two of the most important and common words you hear on campus aside from “I will try” or “Norwich” and “Forever”.
Being the military brat I am, I moved in the middle of my sophomore year in high school, from outside of Ft. Benning, Ga. to just outside of Seattle, Wa. Back in the day, I was very involved in the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) and transferred to the local Navy unit. The culture shock from my military base on the east coast to the west coast was challenging with regard to the level of patriotism and military support. But, I was also quite taken aback by how honest and morally grounded the cadets were for high school students.
“Integritas,” my new commander would greet us with a fist pounded against his chest. I did not understand what he meant, until he told me a tale of the Roman soldiers making the same tight-fisted gesture against their armor as they yelled the Latin root word for our word “integrity.”
The word means “whole” and that their armor was not broken. It was strong and honorable, like the soldier himself. They were mighty warriors who serve as the renowned models for many militaries to this day. As NU cadets, we live by their code today with our “Integritas” keeping our armor of education and moral aptitude strong. Like the Romans, our integrity keeps us whole as Cadets and as we look to the future.
Arielle Eaton, Editor-in-Chief, The Guidon