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.
When you can't find words to pray, try this Scripture.
Be still, and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10 (KJV)
I spoke to a friend about my struggles to pray, and she shared with me an experience she had when her mother was in the hospital, fighting cancer. Molly told me that every day she would go to the chapel in the hospital.
When she got there, however, she found herself too afraid to pray. She couldn’t find the words. She didn’t even want to say, “Thy will be done.” “What if God’s will was to take my mother?” she said to me.“I couldn’t pray for that.”