This came to me from a West Point classmate of mine, David Rich. Though I served only two years at West Point and I was already graduated from a civilian university by this date, June 7th, 1978 holds a very special memory to all of us who remain members of this class.
For those who entered with me on July 8th, 1974, for all the '78 ex-cadets who left West Point prior to graduation, to all those men who served during the transition from an all male military academy to a male/female one, to those members of the Class of 1977 who joined us and to all who graduated on June 7th, 1978, America thanks you for your service.
Dennis Mansfield, 1st Class President
Company E2, United States Corps of Cadets
USMA, West Point
Thirty-five years ago this morning......
.....981 members of the Class of 1978, Proud & Great, listened as Chief of Staff of the Army, General Bernard Rogers, delivered our commencement address, marched across the stage – the first class to receive diplomas in alphabetical order instead of academic order of merit -- and joined the storied ranks of the Long Gray Line.
It is a significant day for the class, or memories and dear brothers gone across the river, a day of glimmering youth remembered, or service celebrated, of renewal and rededication to our oath to protect and defend the hallowed precepts of our Constitution and not governments, men, or ideologies
Please join me today in lifting a glass to the Class of 1978.....to the Corps of Cadets.....to the US Army.....and to our beloved United States
David Rich, Class of 1978
Thank you to all my classmates who served.