On Tuesday, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski was awarded the highest honor that the Army can give a civilian, the George Catlett Marshall Award.
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It's given every year to someone who has " exhibited selfless service to the United States of America."
That's a really tremendous honor for anyone, but for someone like Krzyzewski, a West Point grad and a passionate patriot, it must really resonate.
It's also profound for anyone who appreciates the history behind it.
George Marshall was a remarkable man. A VMI grad, he entered the army and was soon sent to the Philippines, where, among other things, Americans first encountered jihad.
Obviously though what he's most remembered for, despite a tremendous military career, is the Marshall Plan he proposed as Harry Truman's Secretary of State.
We live in a diminished age and can scarcely conceive of that sort of greatness anymore, much less witness it. So you can imagine how much it must affect Krzyzewski.