I hope to do more with the AdoptAnAlum program being spearheaded by Stewart Menking ’79. In the meantime, here is a passage that Stewart includes in e-mails that he sends to non-Ephs in harms way.

I can’t thank you enough for your courage, sacrifice and service. I went to a college whose motto at first I thought was Armigeri E Liberalitate E. Williams — “Friendship and the Liberal Arts, Ephraim Williams”. Several years ago, I learned that the motto was actually E Liberalitate E. Williams, Armigeri — “From the Generosity of E. Williams, Soldier”. And I thought that was the worst motto ever. Harvard’s motto is Veritas — “Truth”. Yale’s motto is Lux Et Veritas — “Light and Truth”. And little Williams College has E Liberalitate E. Williams, Armigeri — “From the Generosity of E. Williams, Soldier”.

It has only been in the past few months that I have realized that Williams College has the greatest motto of them all. For every blessing and freedom that is enjoyed in the United States of America, and fact in much of the world today, is due to the generosity of soldiers.

They have given their lives and their fortunes so that we can be free today and free tomorrow. And because of the generosity of a soldier who left the land and the money, all of the blessings and benefits I and my fellow alumni have reaped are due entirely to the generosity of a soldier.

I am more proud today of my school than I ever have been. And I salute each and every one of you for being a part of the greatest American tradition, the soldier who will sacrifice and serve so that others may breathe free.

Although this might be a bit over the top for my tastes, I certainly agree with the sentiment expressed. I sent an e-mail of thanks to JR Rahill ’88. If you haven’t, I would be curious to know why.

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