The West Point Society of the Bluegrass held its annual Founders Day dinner at Portofino in Lexington, KY on Friday March 15, 2019. Forty-nine people attended including two accepted candidates for the Class of 2023 and their parents. The festivities began with a Benny Havens cocktail hour and a slide show of photos of the attendees as Cadets or while in the Army.
After the usual round of toasts, the group watched a video from the Superintendent, followed by dinner. Click here to view the program.
Colonel Andrew Cecil '06. DCO, Army Reserve Aviation Command, Ft. Knox was the guest speaker. His remarks included his time as a Cadet and his limited knowledge of the Reserves when he joined the Army. He went on to explain the vital role of the Reserves to the TOTAL ARMY, followed by the importance of graduates continuing their service as a Reservist to maximize their experience and contributions to national defense.
Frank Cannavo '70 was presented a Bronze Star medal for his Vietnam service which he never received, because of subsequent reassignments and ultimately leaving the Army. The professionals at HRC at Ft. Knox checked his personnel records and located the award order and issued the medal. Jerry Cecil '66 Society president and CASA presented the medal to Cannavo on behalf of Secretary Esper.
The evening concluded with a raffle for football tickets provided by the AOG and the singing of the Alma Mater.
Photo: The oldest and youngest grads Charles Williamson '46, and Jason Halligan '05
More photos: L-R Jerry Cecil, '66, Sue Cannavo, Frank Cannavo '70 and Jason Halligan '05 who read the citation for Frank's Bronze Star | Jerry Cecil '66 and Frank Cannavo'70 | Colonel Andrew Cecil '96 guest speaker