General Douglas MacArthur, who died on Sunday aged 84, was honoured yesterday (Monday) by the Corps of Cadets at the U.
General Douglas MacArthur, who died on Sunday aged 84, was honoured yesterday (Monday) by the Corps of Cadets at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. General MacArthur was once superintendent of West Point and a hero to the Corps and the Academy during his lifetime, MacArthur, himself, graduated there in 1903 with the highest scholastic record in 25 years.
Under a drizzling sky, 2,500 cadets stood at attention in front of Washington hall. They formed 24 companies of what is called the Long Grey Line. Maj: General Lampert, superintendent of the Academy, spoke of the great loss and sadness the general's death had meant to the Academy, and went on:
Then the cadets snapped to the salute as the West Point Band played the Alma Mater. The stillness that settled afterwards was broken by the roar of six cannon, firing a nineteen gun salute.