LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION memorializing Governor David A. Paterson to proclaim April 28, 2010, as West Point Day in New York State
WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to celebrate the establishment of the United States Military Academy at West Point and to call upon Governor David A. Paterson to proclaim April 28, 2010 as West Point Day in the State of New York; and
WHEREAS, By an act of Congress, on March 16, 1802, the United States Military Academy was established within the borders of New York State, on the banks of the Hudson River; and
WHEREAS, The Academy and its graduates are an integral part of the proud history of this State and Nation; and
WHEREAS, The leadership and sacrifices of the members of the Long Grey Line have helped this country withstand countless threats to our cherished democratic way of life; and
WHEREAS, The alumni have excelled not only on the battlefield but in many fields of endeavor; and
WHEREAS, The Academy continues to provide our country with able and dedicated future leaders; and
WHEREAS, Its scenic campus is a mecca each year for thousands of visitors from across our State, continent and other countries; and
WHEREAS, The United States Military Academy is in the forefront of our State's outstanding institutions of higher learning; and
WHEREAS, Fifty-eight years ago, the late James T. McNamara, then a member of the New York State Assembly, and a member of the Academy's class of 1939, was the author of the State Legislature's first "West
Point Day" Resolution; and
WHEREAS, For decades, our Nation has enjoyed the legacy of freedom and the United States Military Academy at West Point has played a vitally significant role in the maintenance of peace and freedom; and
WHEREAS, The members of this Legislative Body are proud to commemorate this event, marking April 28, 2010, as West Point Day in New York State; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to celebrate the establishment of the United States Military Academy at West Point and to memorialize Governor David A. Paterson to proclaim
April 28, 2010, as West Point Day in New York State; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be transmitted to The Honorable David A. Paterson, Governor of the State of New York.
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.