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May 7th, 2014

Assemblyman James Skoufis Honors Cadets

Assemblyman James Skoufis (right) shakes hands with a cadet from the United States Military Academy at West Point on the 63rd annual West Point Day.

WEST POINT - Assemblyman James Skoufis (D-Woodbury) honored officers and cadets from the United States Military Academy at West Point as part of the State Assembly’s 63rd annual West Point Day celebration. Skoufis presented the resolution to honor the leadership and dedication exemplified by the U.S. Military Academy and its graduates (K.1108).

"These cadets will be the leaders of our state and our country, they will rise to the top of their pursuits, and they will be role models for those that come after them," Assemblyman Skoufis said. "Recognition for their bravery is not just reserved for today, but every day, and it was an honor to meet all the cadets, especially Cadet Laible who grew up nearby in Stony Point."

Assemblyman Skoufis also introduced Cadet Joseph Laible during the celebration. Cadet Laible attended North Rockland schools, growing up in Stony Point, located in Skoufis’ Assembly District.

For more than 200 years, the United States Military Academy has distinguished itself as one of the top institutions for education and military training. With rigorous academic and physical programs, cadets are expected to uphold the character and core values of the Academy’s mission: Duty, Honor and Country.

There are about 4,400 members of the Corps of Cadets representing every state in the U.S. and several foreign countries, and about 1,200 New Cadets enter the Academy on Reception Day each year.

"It’s truly an honor to represent the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and show our gratitude to the students and graduates of the nation’s finest military and education institution that are committed to protecting our freedoms and maintaining peace," Assemblyman Skoufis added.

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