The Benedictine Cadets have honored those who fought in World War II, including BC Alumnus Staff Sgt. George Gannam.
SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -
Each year on Pearl Harbor Day, the Benedictine Cadets have honored those who fought in World War II, including BC Alumnus Staff Sgt. George Gannam, the first Savannahian killed at Pearl Harbor.
First, the cadets assembled in Brigade formation on the BC plaza, facing the WWII Memorial as a tribute to the 30 BC alumni who gave their lives in WWII. The names of all 30 were read while "Taps" played. That memorial was unveiled last year.
After that ceremony the Brigade reassembled on the parade field for Gannam Day Review. The event honors the first Savannahian killed at Pearl Harbor, Staff Sgt. George Gannam, and is a tribute to all military service members who gave their lives in service to our country.
The keynote speaker was George L. Woods who reminded the young cadets of the importance of "honor, county and duty." Two awards were given. The school and the American Legion recognized a sophomore and senior BC Cadet in the JROTC program, one with the God and Country Medal and the other with the George K. Gannam Memorial Medal.
A presentation of an American flag was presented to Gannam family who then presented it to the school, which will hang it in the school's plaza.
"The flag is donated every year, and we fly it every year in our plaza. It is so important to not forget that our alumni fought and died. We must honor that," said Col. Benjamin Cannoles, the Cadet Brigade Commander.
Members of the Gannam family were there and for them this ceremony is so special.
"No, it's a great memorial and I'm glad they still do it. I think in today's society, we're tending to forget the great sacrifice of the World War II generation, and this is just part of that memory we need to keep alive," said Joe Gannam, Gannam's nephew.