WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) -- A memorial service for Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, the no-nonsense Desert Storm commander famously nicknamed "Stormin' Norman," has begun in the U.S. Military Academy's gothic chapel.
His family and friends joined Kuwaiti officials, U.S. dignitaries, gray clad cadets and a detail of New Jersey state troopers, a nod to his father, who founded that police agency.
Schwarzkopf will be buried at West Point near his father, Col. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, later Thursday.
Schwarzkopf graduated from the academy in 1956, served in Vietnam and commanded the U.S.-led international coalition that drove Saddam Hussein's forces out of Kuwait in 1991. He was 78 when he died in Tampa on Dec. 27 of complications from pneumonia.
“Teach me to see what I have been given, rather than what I haven’t...”
I was reading the Book of Numbers recently and came across that familiar chant of the Israelites, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread! There is no water!” In Numbers 21:5, the words were followed by another whine that made me laugh out loud: “And we detest this miserable food!”
I laughed because I complain about the manna in my life, too.
I eat every day, but want the luxury of eating out from time to time.
I have a place to live, but the tile in our 1933-era bathroom is awful.