Skoufis and Eachus Honor Cadets at the Capitol on West Point Day

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Senator James Skoufis and Lieutenant General Steve Gilland, Superintendent, United States Military Academy.

Senator James Skoufis (D-42nd District) and Chris Eachus (D-99th District) welcomed cadets and leadership from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on Tuesday, April 9th, as they visited the Capitol to commemorate the West Point Day, an annual tradition.

The festivities kicked off with a private breakfast, followed by a formal presentation of cadets within the Senate and Assembly chambers during the morning’s session. The two legislators introduced a resolution on the floor in honor of West Point Day which was unanimously adopted. The cadets then enjoyed a lunch with state legislators and staff before departing back to Orange County.

It was President George Washington who conceived West Point, desiring to establish an institution devoted to the training and development of Army officers and engineers. Established in 1802, the Academy’s long and decorated history along the Hudson River dates back to the American Revolution, and though both the American patriots and the British realized its strategic importance, West Point was never captured by the British, and today is the oldest continuously occupied regular army post in the United States. This storied academy has been the birthplace of the careers of some of our country’s finest military and civilian leaders.

“The men and women who have chosen to join West Point’s ranks in service to our nation truly exemplify the academy’s motto: duty, honor, country,” said Senator Skoufis. “It was a privilege to welcome them to the Capitol to share in this illustrious tradition. These cadets represent the bright future of American diplomacy and strength. No work could be more important, but it is clear they are more than up to the task. As their representative in the State Senate, I will never lose sight of their commitment or their sacrifices.”