FAREWELL ADDRESS TO CONGRESS
MacArthur received a huge parade with tens of thousands cheering admirers and tons of confetti. He graciously accepted the admiration. On April 19, 1951, he gave his now famous "Farewell Address" to Congress. He closed his nostalgic and eloquent speech with the following:
I am closing my 52 years of military service. When I joined the Army, even before the turn of the century, it was the fulfillment of all my boyish hopes and dreams. The world has turned over many times since I took the oath on the plain at West Point, and the hopes and dreams have long since vanished, but I still remember the refrain of one of the most popular barrack ballads of that day which proclaimed most proudly that "old soldiers never die: they just fade away."
And like the old soldier of that ballad, I now close my military career and just fade away, an old soldier who tried to do his duty as God gave him the light to see that duty.