The West Point Society of Columbia celebrated Founders Day on February 23 at the Capital City Club in Columbia, South Carolina. The event was well attended by local Academy Graduates, members of the West Point Parents Club, and cadet candidates. Over 90 guests, from youngest graduate, 2LT Taylor Gaff '18, to oldest graduate, LTG(R) John F. Wall '56 attended and much positive feedback has been received regarding the event. Charlie Eadie '07, Society President, filled the role of Master of Ceremonies.
Following opening remarks, Dr. Richard Conant, a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at USC delivered a moving a cappella performance of the Nation Anthem. Those gathered were then led in a collective reading of the Cadet Prayer. Guests participated in traditional toasts, including one given in remembrance of our fallen service-members. For their guest speaker the Society was honored to have CSM Jack Love, the 20th Command Sergeant Major at USMA, give a very energetic talk about how West Point is preparing tomorrow's leaders to solve undefined problems. Before concluding the event, those assembled joined voices and sang the Alma Mater. A special thanks to 1LTs Brian Hapeman '15 and Alex Jensen '15 for their tireless effort in coordinating this year's Founders Day.