Memorial Rotunda

War Memorial in the Woolsey RotundaAs a freshman at Yale, the other ringing memorial was the names of the young men carved on the walls of Woolsey Hall. They made me think of my own good fortune to come unscathed through three years of wartime service. Although I’ve been to France three times since then, I still have on my bucket list to see those killing fields and visit the grave site of a great uncle who had the misfortune to die between the signing of the armistice and its effective date. I believe that admission at Yale should be accompanied by a requirement for some significant community service. More than anything, this requirement would select for and build character.

David Ezzio

Nathan Hale

Statue of Nathan Hale in Old CampusIn my junior year, in high school, a spry woman of sixty taught U.S. history. She conveyed the drama and the details. The story of Nathan Hale and his famous words particularly struck me. After high school, I joined the army. After the army, I came to Yale. One of my first encounters with its history was the statue of Nathan Hale on the old campus. When I brought my kids to Yale in later years to see a football game, we usually made a detour to that solitary statue.

David Ezzio