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
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
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