ALBANY – New York State Senator James Skoufis (D-Hudson Valley) welcomed cadets and leadership from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point on Thursday as they visited the Capitol to commemorate West Point Day, an annual Senate tradition.
The day’s festivities kicked off with a private breakfast, followed by a formal presentation of cadets within the Senate chamber during the morning’s session. Senator Skoufis introduced a resolution on the floor in honor of West Point Day which was unanimously adopted, and the cadets later enjoyed a private lunch, where they were each presented with a certificate of merit.
West Point’s long and decorated history along the Hudson River dates back to the American Revolution. Conceived by President Washington, West Point stands as a beacon of duty, honor, and country, and has launched the careers of some of America’s finest military and civilian leaders.
“The men and women who have chosen to join West Point’s ranks in service to our nation are some of the finest citizens among us,” said Senator Skoufis. “I was honored to welcome them to the Capitol and to share in this joyous tradition. These cadets represent the bright future of American diplomacy and strength. As their representative in the State Senate, I will never lose sight of their commitment or their sacrifices.”