On December 13, 2019, World War II Congressional Medal of Honor Winner visited Crossroads Academy. He visits every year and shares practical words of wisdom.
Hershel Woodrow "Woody" Williams, a retiree of the United States Marine Corps, is the last brave man stationed at Iwo Jima who received the Congressional Medal of Honor from World War II due to his heroic actions during the Battle of Iwo Jima.
He visits our students each year. He asks questions that allows students to earn silver half dollars. He explains that earning something feels much better than having it given to you. He speaks of the importance of one's name and of the responsibility of each student to decide what happens to that name.
Today he also spoke of the importance of being able to trust each other. He spoke of helping each other. He spoke about how circumstances can shape our lives, but that we can control how we handle the circumstances that enter our lives.
Mr. Williams shared his original thought - "Do the vice, pay the price."
Mr. Williams shared a creed which has helped him through this life. It was given to him by his teacher from 1st through 8th grade who really shaped his character and taught him a deep love for his country. His greatly admired teacher required the following creed to be memorized and recited.
The American's Creed
I believe in the United States of America
as a Government of the People,
By the People,
For the People;
Whose just powers are derived
from the Consent of the Governed;
A Democracy in a Republic
A Sovereign Nation of Many Sovereign States;
A Perfect Union,
One and Inseparable;
Established upon those Principles of Freedom,
For which American Patriots
Sacrificed their lives and Fortunes.
Believe it is my duty to my Country
To Love It;
To Support its Constitution;
To Obey its Laws;
To Respect its Flag;
And to Defend it against all enemies.