By Pilar Arias
Nearly 120 Texans headed for military academies were given a send-off at the Freeman Coliseum Monday.
The Memorial Day ceremony, hosted for the 11th year by Senator John Cornyn, allowed those from across the state join together with family members and others expected to graduate in 2021.
Connor Lepore from Sugar Land was amongst the students honored.
“I’m going to put all my effort into military and baseball. You can’t go wrong with an education,” Lepore said. He will be attending West Point in New York.
The keynote speaker at the event was Admiral William McRaven (U.S. Navy Ret.). McRaven is the current chancellor of the University of Texas System. He was commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command and was the architect of the special operations raid that led to the death of Osama Bin Laden in May 2011.
“It’s not only about service to the academy, it’s about service to the nation,” McRaven said about the students preparing to attend the U.S. Military Academy, Naval Academy, Air Force Academy, Coast Guard Academy and Merchant Marine Academy.
Those being sent off were joined by family members during the ceremony.