TRiO peer advisers celebrate Navy’s birthday

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The party honors 241 years, promises cake and punch.

By Christian Erevia

Two peer advisers plan to host a small party Oct. 13 in celebration of the Navy’s 241st birthday. The party will be for TRiO members but is open to all military members.

The event was the brainchild of TRiO peer mentors Antonio “Tony” Botello and Alberto “Al” Cordew. Both Botello and Cordew are retired Naval officers and wanted to celebrate the birthday.

“When we were active duty, we always had a birthday celebration; that’s a big thing for us,” Botello said. “There’s a big cake, they work up a pretty good meal for us and we discuss the history of the Navy.”

“I think it’s important for any organization to know where you came from,” Botello said.

The Navy is the second oldest branch of the military said Botello, the army being the first. The army is five months older than the Navy. The Navy celebrates its birthday every year with a Navy Birthday Ball, which is open to all branches of the military.

“To put it into perspective, it’s like the prom for the Navy,” Botello said. “It’s one of the traditions we have.”

Besides celebrating the Navy’s birthday, the party is also a chance for veterans to meet, greet and enjoy a little cake.

“It’s one of the things we miss about being in the military, the camaraderie,” said Botello.

The party is not sponsored by the TRiO program, but it will be held at 10:45 a.m. tomorrow in the TRiO lab, Room 219 of Oppenheimer Center. Attendees will enjoy cake, punch and Navy spirit.

For more information, call 210-486-1418.


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