BC to Celebrate Gannam Day
Monday, December 06, 2010 7:00 PM
Dec. 7, 2010 - Remembering the first Savannahian killed during the attack at Pearl Harbor and honoring our military are part of the Gannam Day Ceremony Tuesday, Dec. 7, 9:45 a.m. at Benedictine Military School's (BC) Gymnasium, 6502 Seawright Drive. The first Savannahian killed at Pearl Harbor, SSG George K. Gannam (BC Class of 1938) and all Americans who sacrificed their lives in service to our nation will be honored at the ceremony conducted by BC's Corps of Cadets and hosted by American Legion Post 184.
Benedictine Military School's Corps of Cadets and American Legion Post 184 will honor SSG George K. Gannam (BC Class of 1938) and all Americans who gave their lives in patriotic service during the school's Gannam Day Ceremony Tuesday, Dec. 7, 9:45 a.m. at the BC Gymnasium, 6502 Seawright Drive. Gannam was the first Savannahian to give his life at Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. He was cut down by strafing fire as he raced to protect the aircraft in the hangars at Hickham Field (source: American Legion Post 184).
Gannam Day Guest Speaker is LTC Doug Andrews USA (Retired). William J. Quinan III (BC Class of 1955) from Post 184 will serve as the Master of Ceremonies.
Two awards and a presentation will take place as part of the Gannam Day Ceremony. 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. Cadet 1LT Paul Lacombe will receive the God and Country Medal and Cadet SSG Jason Kolbush will receive the George K. Gannam Memorial Medal. A presentation of an American Flag to the Gannam family will also occur during the ceremony. The Gannam's will then present the flag to Dr. Deborah Antosca, BC principal, for daily use at the school.