David McCullough was the speaker at the Middlebury College graduation ceremonies for the Class of 1986. His speech is one of the final vignettes in the book I just finished reading, Brave Companions, Portraits in History. As regular readers of this blog know, I am a Middlebury graduate, Class of 1958. And I am a proud supporter of Middlebury. McCullough urges the graduating class to travel far and wide and read read read, recognizing history along the way.
In his closing remarks McCullough says “Wherever you go, don’t forget Vermont. Don’t forget this lovely town and these mountains and the people who live here. Go with confidence. Prize tolerance and horse sense. And somewhere along the way, do something for your country.” We might well heed this advice in these turbulent pre-election times.