Sounding of the Cannon to be held Wednesday, August 17th

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The “Sounding of the Cannon” will be held on Wednesday, August 17th at Wentworth Military Academy and College. The traditional ceremony will be in the Memorial Chapel and begin at 9 a.m.

The “Sounding of the Cannon” is a ceremony which was started at Wentworth 20 years ago by former Wentworth President, Colonel Jerry Brown who served in that capacity from 1993 until 2000. Brown is now serving as the Mayor of Lexington.

The ceremonial sounding of the cannon signifies the opening of the school year.

During the ceremony, the 137th Corps of Cadets will be sworn in by reciting the Cadet Oath. In addition, the Wentworth Battalion Commander will be introduced.

Traditionally, the actual sounding of the cannon occurs toward the end of the ceremony. Excerpts from General Douglas MacArthur’s last speech which he gave to the Corps at West Point, “Duty, Honor, Country,” is read aloud. A total of three rounds are fired by the cannon during the ceremony.

Lexington community members are invited to join the Wentworth Military Academy and College faculty, staff, students, and Board of Trustees members to celebrate this special day which will kick off the 137th year of the school’s existence in Lexington.