The Northern Chesapeake West Point Society held its Annual Founders Day Celebration March 16 at the Maryland Golf and Country Clubs in Bel Air. More than 85 people representing graduates, cadets and parents of cadets, former professors and friends of the academy attended. The date marked the 210th anniversary of the founding of the United States Military Academy at West Point in New York; on March 16, 1802, Congress approved legislation establishing the academy. West Point is one of the oldest military academies in the world and is the oldest continuously run military post in America.
The NCPWS had Brig. Gen. Timothy Trainor, the 13th Dean of the Academic Board, as its guest speaker. Conner Chaikowsky, an 11-year-old violin prodigy, provided dinner music for the event. Capt. Andrew Filauro from the Class of 2007 spoke as the youngest graduate and retired Col. Jim Young, 88, from the Class of 1944 spoke as the oldest graduate and captivated the audience with his remarks spanning his service during World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam. Young's distinguished career is a living tribute to the West Point motto "Duty, Honor, Country."