Benedictine Military School paid tribute to the first Savannah man to die at Pearl Harbor Wednesday morning along with all BC cadets that lost their lives in World War II.
Staff Sgt. George K. Gannam graduated from Benedictine in 1938. He fought in World War II and was killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor 72 years ago. The BC Corps of Cadets honor his sacrifice each year on the anniversary, which is actually Saturday, so they had to move it to Friday. But, BC has a football game scheduled for Friday, so it was set for Dec. 4 instead.
On Wednesday morning, the cadets gathered on the plaza as the 30 names of the fallen cadets were read as a bell rang out for each. The 2013 Veteran of the Year, LCDR (RET) USCG Robert Cutler placed a wreath at the WWII memorial while Taps was played.
"It is a huge honor, one of the biggest honors I have had in my life," said Cutler.
After the WWII memorial service, the cadets marched over to the field for the 72nd Gannam Day Parade Ceremony.
"This school has served this country quite well of the course of history, it is great to see these cadets realize that they are walking in the same steps as our veterans," said Headmaster Father Frank Ziemkiewicz, O.S.B.
Two cadets were honored for their academic excellence and leadership. Cadet Capt. Miles McGinty was given the God and Country Medal and Cadet Staff Sgt. Jack Carbery was awarded the George Gannam medal.
The veterans were honored and a flag was presented to the Gannam family. Joseph Gannam, the nephew of Staff Sgt. George Gannam, gave a few remarks to the cadets.
"I think it is important. [BC Cadets] need to learn from history they need to remember history. I hope they keep doing it," said Joseph Gannam, Esq.
The Benedictine Cadet football team will play a game Friday night against Lamar County. The Cadets are 12-0.
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