“Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.” - George S. Patton, United States Army General
This Veterans Day, PASH honors United States Army General George S. Patton, known for his tremendous success commanding troops during World War II. An awe-inspiring orator known for his colorful speeches that rallied the American soldiers overseas, Patton delivered perhaps his most famous speech while addressing the United States Third Army on June 5th, 1944. A rallying cry for the disillusioned troops entering their third year of this global conflict, Patton outlined the importance that every individual soldier plays in the success of the team in his profanity-ridden monologue: “An army is a team. It lives, eats, sleeps, and fights as a team. This individual hero stuff is bullshit… All the real heroes are not storybook combat fighters. Every single man in the army plays a vital role. So don't ever let up. Don't ever think that your job is unimportant.” Patton was famously portrayed on the big screen by George C. Scott in the Academy Award-winning biographical film based on his life released in 1970, cementing his status as American folk hero.