Today marks the birthday anniversary of the Harvard Regiment. Birthday anniversaries are traditionally a time of congratulations, and while we cannot regard with pride the growth of the lusty infant nor present it with a rattle to delight its baby heart, yet we can give praise for what it has done.
The Harvard Regiment stands almost unique as an organization springing from the entire University. It was formed on a rising tide of national consciousness, and took its strength from the loyal and eager support of a thousand men. It is noteworthy as an inspiration, as a co-operative effort towards one common ideal, and as the active expression of the keen patriotism felt by the large body of Harvard undergraduates.
The Regiment gained its success in the enthusiasm it aroused for an essential cause and in emulation by other colleges. It had the greatest success in the hundreds of Harvard men who went to the Plattsburg camps, there to undergo a period of more intensive training.
This year the authorities, with a wisdom not entirely apparent to all of us, but which no doubt is sufficient, have considered the active Regiment as no longer necessary. In how much the newer method of theoretical instruction combined with some drill is successful time has been too short to show. We can consider ourselves fortunate that Captain Cordier, to whom so much of the Regiment's success is due, was in command, especially during the first weeks of the Regiment's organization.
"Of the dead speak nothing but good." But the Regiment is no dead. It lives in an increased spirit of patriotism, in an awakened interest in the military camps, and in the campaign for universal military readiness.