Posted March 31, 2011 10:39 pm - Updated March 31, 2011 10:58 pm

A salute to an old soldier

I'm a big fan of the American soldier. 

 

So much of what makes the United States an exceptional nation has been gained through the sacrifice of soldiers. We often hear people say that kind of thing around Veterans Day or Memorial Day, but it really is true.  I try to remember it as I scurry around town enjoying the privilege of freely shooting photos and submitting them to the newspaper for publication.

 

All too often we remember soldiers only after they've died.  So it was an uncommon pleasure to witness a tribute to a soldier who is still very much alive.  Command Sgt. Maj. Tom Clark officially retired a couple weeks ago and the folks at Fort Gordon gave him a terrific send-off with a military band, marching soldiers, speeches by dignitaries and even a letter from the president.  

 

Sgt. Maj. Clark must have been quite a soldier. 

 

You can learn more about Sgt. Maj. Clark by clicking here: 

http://chronicle.augusta.com/opinion/opinion-columns/2011-03-13/departing-command-sergeant-major-genuine-soldiers-soldier