About 50 alumni and their family and friends enjoyed a personal tour of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point given by President Michael Rounds, a former West Point student and instructor, and his wife Mary Nell, on Saturday, May 3. The tour was organized by Stacy Starr 6W8, Alumni Association second vice president, and sponsored by the Alumni Association.
The group saw a retirement parade and review, witnessed a paratrooper demonstration by five cadets, saw the Cadet Chapel, home to the world’s largest pipe organ, and, as a special treat, was given access to the Mess Hall, which is famous for feeding 4,400 cadets 25 minutes.
As the group walked the grounds and enjoyed the scenery, they saw many statues of famous generals, including Patton, McArthur, and Eisenhower. The tour concluded with a visit to the Visitors’ Center and gift shop.
Starr said, “West Point is filled with history. The architecture is phenomenal, and the scenery outstanding. The tour by President Rounds made the day! We are fortunate to have him as president of Williamson.”
President Rounds said, “We had a great day at West Point on Saturday. The weather was perfect and we were able to see the cadets on parade and watch five members of the sports parachute team land on the plain right after the review. I was able to introduce LTC Steve Ruth, the commandant of the West Point Prep School, and Cadet Terrence Thomas to the alumni and their families and we were able to tour Trophy Point, the Cadet Chapel, the Cadet Mess Hall, and the West Point Prep School. We had a busy five hours and saw a lot of the Academy. I think we had a great day and I hope the group enjoyed their visit!”
The group photo above was taken at Trophy Point, looking north up the Hudson River.