Regimental Toast

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I PROPOSE A TOAST
TO THE HARD BITTEN DRAGOONS WHO RODE WESTWARD FROM
THE FLORIDA EVERGLADES TO THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS SECURING
THE FRONTIERS OF OUR ADVANCING CIVILIZATION, AND WHO LED
THE VICTORY MARCH INTO MEXICO CITY….

TO THE CAVALRYMAN WHO CHARGED WITH MCCLELLAN AND SHERIDAN
IN THE BITTER FIGHTING BETWEEN THE STATES, AND THEN TO WIN THE
WEST FOR A GROWING NATION.

TO THE CAVALRYMAN WHO FOUGHT IN CUBA, IN THE PHILIPPINES,
AND IN FRANCE DURING WORLD WAR ONE.

TO THE MECHANIZED CAVALRYMAN WHO PROVIDED THE SHARP POINT
TO THE SPEAR THAT PATTON DROVE THROUGH THE
HEART OF EUROPE.

AND TO THAT ARMORED CAVALRYMAN WHO GUARDED AN UNEASY PEACE
ALONG THE FRONTIER OF THE FREE WORLD UNTIL, LIKE JERICHO,
THE WALLS CAME TUMBLING DOWN.

AND TO THE TROOPER WHO SPEARHEADED A 250 KILOMETER ATTACK
INTO IRAQ.

YES, I PROPOSE A TOAST TO MANY MEN –
MANY MEN WHO ARE AS ONE. I PROPOSE A TOAST
TO THAT DEDICATED FIGHTING PROFESSIONAL,
THE TROOPER OF THE 2D UNITED STATES CAVALRY.

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