The Vietnam War was a very challenging war for the United States to fight because their enemy fought using an abnormal style. As a result this battle lasted for many years and in the end it seemed hard to understand why the decision was made to fight in the first place. Many soldiers fought bravely and died. Additionally soldiers were taken as Prisoners Of War (POW) or just never accounted for. These soldiers are known as Missing In Action (MIA).
As you can imagine it was very difficult for the families of soldiers who were listed as POW or MIA because naturally, the family would like to know what happened to their loved one. In 1970 a group of college students came up with an idea to forever remember those soldiers who were listed as MIA or POW. They made these bracelets with the names of the missing soldiers. People purchased these bracelets and they made a promise to never take them off until that missing soldier return home. That is an awesome commitment to make for someone for a total stranger. Unfortunately, as time went on and the United States agreed to move out of Vietnam the bracelets started to disappear, yet there were still many soldiers unaccounted and they had not yet come home.
Sergeant First Class James Moreland was one of those soldiers. There were many bracelets made in his honor however one person remain faithful to the commitment and wore a bracelet with his name on it for almost 40 years. Kathy Strong received her bracelet in 1972 and never took off her bracelet until she received word in 2011 that Sergeant Moreland would finally be coming home.
When you commit to something you are letting everyone know that they can trust that you and they know that you will do would you say you’re going to do. Trustworthiness is a characteristic that you must have. It sets you apart from the rest and it ensures that you have many opportunities to choose from. People like trustworthy people. Commitment is no small thing and you should be careful about the things that you agree to commit to. Because when you break a commitment, you break trust and it is only natural that you are judged by those actions. Conversely, if you keep all of your commitments, you are judged as a trustworthy and committed person, I promise you the you will be on your way to your vision of success. That’s the power of commitment.
It Can Be Done
Marvin Byrd (C/O 98)