The Senate Democratic Majority honored officers and cadets from West Point Military Academy today, passing a resolution proclaiming April 28, 2010 as West Point Day in New York. Each year, the Senate commemorates the establishment of the United States Military Academy at West Point and recognizes the special relationship New York has with the academy.
The first West Point Day resolution was introduced in the Assembly by James T. McNamara fifty-eight years ago, initiating an important tradition of recognizing the proud history of the leadership and sacrifices of the members of the Long Grey Line. This year’s resolution was bipartisan, with sponsorship led by Senator Eric Adams (D-Brooklyn) and William Larkin (R-Cornwall-on-Hudson): http://www.nysenate.gov/video/2010/apr/28/west-point-day-2010
Located on a historic and scenic campus on the banks of the Hudson River, the Academy has been the premier leadership and higher learning institution in New York State, and the nation, for more than two centuries. As the oldest continually garrisoned army installation in the nation, West Point has produced greatly influential members of our state imbued with a profound commitment to duty, honor and service.
The Academy and its graduates have played a vital role in preserving the legacy of freedom and democratic principles of the United States and will continue to do so for generations to come.
Senator Eric Adams (D-Brooklyn) said, “The men and women in New York State that are in West Point are going to be our future leaders and make sure that we are ready, prepared and capable of protecting this country. We can look towards West Point to state that our future is bright, our future has no uncertainty, because we still have men and women who want to commit themselves to service.”
Majority Conference Leader John Sampson said, “The legislature shares a common bond with the men and women of West Point. It is our job to advance democracy, and theirs to preserve it. The cadets of West Point are the next generation of leaders who will continue the greatest and most successful experience in democracy the world has ever known. On behalf of the members of this body, I honor the great men and women of West Point as they embody the historic model of duty, honor and country.”
Senator Darrel Aubertine (D-Cape Vincent) said, “Year after year, West Point turns out so many fine men and women to serve our country as leaders in our armed forces. Honoring West Point honors all of the sacrifices made by brave men and women every day to protect our freedom. Many of the graduates over the years have come through Fort Drum, which I represent, and it is incumbent on all of us to remember always what these West Point cadets and all men and women in uniform have given our community, our state and this country.”
Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D,WFP-Westchester) said, “For over 200 years, West Point has ensured the safety of our state and nation by producing intelligent and committed individuals who have dedicated themselves to the highest principles of education, honor and service.”
Senator David Valesky (D-Oneida) said, “The cadets at West Point are our best and brightest, willing to put the needs of this nation above their own. It is only fitting that we honor them today, to thank them for their commitment and to wish them the best of luck in the future.”
Senator Brian X. Foley (D-Blue Point) said, “These young men and women represent the values and courage America stands for. With all of the distractions going on today, it is humbling for this opportunity to pause in our deliberations to mark the commitment and dedication of these upstanding and patriotic young men and women.”
Senator William T. Stachowski (D-Lake View) said, “Paying tribute to these future leaders is an honor and a privilege. Their unwavering commitment to their country is an inspiration to all New Yorkers.”