Monday, March 16, 2009

West Point Founders Day

In case you didn't know, my husband is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The caliber of soldier, citizen and human being turned out by this great school is amazing. Duty, Honor, Country is not just a P.R. slogan, but a way of living one's life embraced by those amazing men and women who are West Point Grads.

If you are ever given the opportunity to visit, do so. It's an extraordinary place people by exceptional people.

Happy Birthday West Point~

March 16: General Interest1802 : U.S. Military Academy established
The United States Military Academy--the first military school in the United States--is founded by Congress for the purpose of educating and training young men in the theory and practice of military science. Located at West Point, New York, the U.S. Military Academy is often simply known as West Point.Located on the high west bank of New York's Hudson River, West Point was the site of a Revolutionary-era fort built to protect the Hudson River Valley from British attack. In 1780, Patriot General Benedict Arnold, the commander of the fort, agreed to surrender West Point to the British in exchange for 6,000 pounds. However, the plot was uncovered before it fell into British hands, and Arnold fled to the British for protection.Ten years after the establishment of the U.S. Military Academy in 1802, the growing threat of another war with Great Britain resulted in congressional action to expand the academy's facilities and increase the West Point corps. Beginning in 1817, the U.S. Military Academy was reorganized by superintendent Sylvanus Thayer--later known as the "father of West Point"--and the school became one of the nation's finest sources of civil engineers. During the Mexican-American War, West Point graduates filled the leading ranks of the victorious U.S. forces, and with the outbreak of the Civil War former West Point classmates regretfully lined up against one another in the defense of their native states.In 1870, the first African-American cadet was admitted into the U.S. Military Academy, and in 1976, the first female cadets. The academy is now under the general direction and supervision of the department of the U.S. Army and has an enrollment of more than 4,000 students.

West Point Graduate Association of Western NY Founders Day dinner Saturday March 7, 2009

1 comment:

Nancy said...

Happy Birthday West Point, and it is great that your husband is a graduate. Ours is a very military family. I love every military person in our country.