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Three Siblings Entering U.S. Military Academy Simultaneously for the First Time in 32 Years

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On a day of remembrance and celebration of our freedom, we should also celebrate those young men and women who are beginning what they hope will be a long career of military service to our country. 

And this week, three young men who are starting their cadet training at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York also happen to be brothers.

That’s right.

For the first time in 32 years, three siblings–Noah, Sumner, and Cole Ogrydziak of Nederland, Texas–will enter the academy at the same time. While that may not sound like a big deal, it’s only happened a very few times in the long storied history of West Point.

Many twosomes have entered before, but few trios. The last time it occurred was in 1981 when twin sisters Rose and Anne Forrester joined their older brother John in cadet training. With the exception of gender, the similarities with the Ogrydziak siblings are strikingly similar. 19-year-old Noah is coming in with his 18-year-old twin brothers Sumner and Cole.

I think it’s terrific.

While all cadets are there because they want to be there, it must still be a little intimidating. So, to have this immediate and handy support group should relieve a lot of pressure. If I had one, I’d take my hat off to these young men and all the other men and women who are beginning a life of service to our country.

They’re the reason we can celebrate today.

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