Education: The Conscience of the World

On the morning of June 12, 1940, Army Chief of Staff George Catlett Marshall stood before the graduating class at his alma mater, his mind full of dark forebodings. "This is a day of high emotion for you men," said he to Virginia Military Institute's grey-uniformed seniors. "It may also be one of the most fateful days in the history of the world . . ." General Marshall was right. That morning, President Roosevelt had summoned him to an emergency meeting: German troops were advancing on Paris.

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