October 12, 2017




George W. Bush to receive Thayer Award

Former President George W. and Laura Bush

WEST POINT – Former President George W. Bush will receive the Thayer Award from the US Military Academy’s Association of Graduates on Thursday, October 19.

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.

Bush, the 43rd president and former Texas governor, 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 and the 1994 Thayer Award recipient making this the first time a father and son have been presented the Thayer Award.

George and Laura Bush currently operate the George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, Texas. The center is also home to the George W. Bush Institute, a public policy organization that focuses on economic growth, education reform, global health initiatives, and military service.

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.”

Past recipients of the award, which has been presented annually since 1958, include Dwight D. Eisenhower, Douglas MacArthur, Bob Hope, Neil Armstrong, Barbara Jordon, Walter Cronkite, Tom Brokaw, Colin Powell, Madeline Albright and Henry Kissinger. Last year’s recipient was Robert Mueller.

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