By Alicia Lacy
Fort Hood Herald
With a history that dates back to the days of the Revolutionary War, West Point, N.Y., houses the United States Military Academy.
A week and a half before the March 16 founding date in 1802 when Thomas Jefferson signed legislation establishing the academy, West Point graduates, former staff and faculty, friends of West Point, spouses and other service academy graduates will celebrate the academy's founder's day Friday with an old-fashioned dinner and tailgate to celebrate 208 years.
Symbolic of the school's long-time rivalry with the United States Naval Academy, the theme for the event will be a "Beat Navy" tailgate.
Brig. Gen. Patrick Finnegan, dean of the academic board and 1971 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, will be the event's special guest speaker.
Every year in March, personnel from the academy speak at Founder's Day gatherings organized by West Point Societies throughout the United States and world, information from the military academy states.
Dress for Friday's event will be casual with 12 man/Beat Navy attire.
Pre-game festivities begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by Great Victories at 6:30 p.m. and a Post-Game Tailgate at 8:40 p.m.