Benedictine holds Gannam Day ceremony

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Benedictine Military School is paying tribute to World War II veterans and during their annual ceremony on Pearl Harbor Day.

BC is unveiling a new WW II Memorial to honor the 30 alumni who died during the war, including Staff Sgt. George K. Gannam, the first Savannahian killed at Pearl Harbor.

The ceremony will include the reading of the plaque's inscription and calling out the name of each of the cadets who died during the war. A bell will ring after each name is called.

Veteran's Council of Chatham County member and Veteran of the Year Joseph L. Conners (BC '49) will then lay a wreath at the foot of the WWII Memorial pedestal.

The event will be conducted by BC's Corps of Cadets and us hosted by American Legion Post 184.

Two cadets will receive the God and Country Medal and the George K. Gannam Memorial Medal as part of Gannam Day. BC and the American Legion will recognize two BC Cadets, one with the God and Country Medal and the other with the George K. Gannam Memorial Medal, according to a news release.

The American flag will be presented to the Gannam family and they will then present the flag to Dr. Deborah Antosca, BC principal, for daily use at the school.

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