Assemblyman Frank Skartados (D-Milton) announced that the Assembly passed a resolution honoring military men and women from the United States Military Academy at West Point, as part of the Assembly’s 61st annual West Point Day (K.1203).
Assemblyman Skartados introduced two local cadets on the floor of the Assembly, Lee Wakeman of Walkill and Joseph Amoroso of Marlboro, both of the Class of 2012. Wakeman and Amoroso joined a number of other cadets from around the state of New York to be honored by the Assembly.
“It’s essential that we take time every year and honor the achievements of the brave military men and women of this prestigious military academy,” Assemblyman Skartados said. “This proud institution emphasizes the highest standards of personal honor, academic achievement and duty – preparing graduates for the lives that lay before them.”
Brigadier General Timothy Trainor, the Dean of the Academic Board at West Point, was in attendance during the Assembly session as part of West Point Day. General Trainor is the 13th Dean of the Academic Board at the United States Military Academy, where he previously served as professor and head of the Department of Systems Engineering. General Trainor was joined by West Point’s Chaplain, Colonel Mike Durham, Sergeant Major David Brzywczy, and several members of the West Point Society of the Capital District.
The United States Military Academy was established in 1802 near Newburgh, and has produced notable graduates, including: generals Omar Bradley, George S. Patton and Norman Schwarzkopf, and presidents Ulysses S. Grant and Dwight D. Eisenhower. In addition, the late Assemblyman James T. McNamara, who authored the Assembly’s first West Point Day resolution, attended the academy.
“By entering West Point, these men and women make a commitment to fight and protect the freedoms we enjoy in this country,” Assemblyman Skartatos said. “Their sacrifice is something we should honor and I am proud that West Point is part of our great state.”