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West Point Honors Former President George W. Bush

George W. Bush will join his father as a recipient of the Thayer Award on Cot. 19.
George W. Bush will join his father as a recipient of the Thayer Award on Cot. 19. Photo Credit: George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Former President of the United States George W. Bush will receive the  Thayer Award in a ceremony hosted by the U.S. Military Academy’s Association of Graduates Thursday, October 19 at West Point.

The Thayer Award, established in honor of Col. Sylvanus Thayer, “Father of the Military Academy,” is presented to an outstanding citizen whose service and accomplishments in the national interest exemplify the military academy’s motto, “Duty, Honor, Country.” The Association of Graduates has presented the award annually since 1958.

Bush, the 43rd president of the United States and former Governor of Texas, holds an undergraduate degree from Yale University and a Master’s of Business Administration from Harvard University. He is the son of George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, and the 1994 Thayer Award recipient. This marks the first time a father and son have been given the honor.

Today, Bush and his wife, Laura, operate the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas. The center is home to the Bush Presidential Museum and Library, which houses George W. Bush’s presidential papers. The center is also home to the George W. Bush Institute, a public policy organization that focuses on economic growth, education reform, global health, human freedom, women’s initiatives, and military service.

Past recipients of the Thayer Award include: Dwight D. Eisenhower, Douglas MacArthur, Bob Hope, Neil Armstrong, Barbara Jordon, Walter Cronkite, Tom Brokaw, Colin Powell, Madeleine Albright and Henry Kissinger. Last year’s recipient was Robert Mueller.

The Corps of Cadets will conduct a parade in his honor at 5 p.m. on the Plain, prior to the award presentation dinner. The parade is open to the public.

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