THE LONG GREY LINE – CHANGING OF THE GUARD [For Tessa]

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[Beavercreek, Oregon, March 2011]

On my recent trip to Yellowstone National Park in winter, I decided to visit my cousin, Jeff Knight, a retired army colonel. Jeff is a retired infantry officer, an airborne ranger, and a veteran of two wars. Jeff is also a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Jeff is a “ramrod straight” 6’3” and – sixty years later – he can still wear his cadet uniform. Here he is shown in his Army letter sweater. Jeff looks good for someone bearing down on his 82nd birthday. (The other Knight in the picture is a relatively “youthful” 62. LOL)

The Knight Family is large, but tight knit and loyal. Jeff, the family patriarch, has turned the family leadership over to me. I am not sure what that means, but I hope I am equal to the task.

The good news is that Jeff’s granddaughter, Tessa Knight, a sophomore at Boise State University, has been appointed to the United States Military Academy and will report to West Point at the end of June. The Knight Family has attended West Point for six consecutive generations. It is a long grey line.

The Knights are shown in the smaller picture, too. The range is 1861 to 1970. The two certificates at right (in the single frame, above the diplomas) are my great-grandfather's (1879) and grandfather's (1914) appointments to West Point.

Things are slow at JPG. Thanks for stopping by (and for indulging me).

55 responses

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (7 Apr 2011):

    Two handsome, stalwart men.....and a proud heritage to boot ~ !!! :)

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (7 Apr 2011):

    I am with Maura! You are both tall and strong great men and you have such a great family history and much to be proud of. I know you will do great taking over.

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio   gave props (7 Apr 2011):

    THIS IS WONDERFUL!!!!

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (7 Apr 2011):

    Great portrait and thanks for the interesting read.

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (7 Apr 2011):

    Shall we say that the Knights rock? Let's hear for them!!! Awesome

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray   gave props (7 Apr 2011):

    Such fun to have you record your family history they all must enjoy it too!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (7 Apr 2011):

    what beautiful smiles you both have, wonderful portrait and as always very interesting !

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (7 Apr 2011):

    thank you for sharing ... wonderful all around - and congrats on the family leadership promotion

  • Sarah Springer

    Sarah Springer (Deleted) gave props (7 Apr 2011):

    A very nice family portrait....it is so lovely that the Knight cousins are so close:0)

  • Camera Junkie

    Camera Junkie gave props (7 Apr 2011):

    An impressive lineage and record of family service, Dick; and a heartfelt thanks to six generations of Knights...

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (7 Apr 2011):

    Congratulations to both of you. ( I really like Jeff's sweater! )

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz   gave props (7 Apr 2011):

    Well done and congratulations!

  • Gary Cole

    Gary Cole said (7 Apr 2011):

    Patriots all. Very well done Dick.

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (7 Apr 2011):

    Wow, another cousin.... handsome fella too!! I do love your way with words!!!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (7 Apr 2011):

    Well done.. Good narrative and good presentation of your family background in your pictures. Much to be proud of.. Congratulations to your cousins granddaughter Tess when starts her new venture at West Point.

  • Tom Piorkowski

    Tom Piorkowski gave props (7 Apr 2011):

    Great story, thanks for sharing

  • Oregon Curly

    Oregon Curly gave props (7 Apr 2011):

    While the word is way overused, awesome is the only one I can think of to describe your family Richard. What a wonderful record of service to this country. My heartiest thanks to all the generations of (aptly named) Knights. Really a wonderful photograph too.

  • Fred Moskey

    Fred Moskey   gave props (8 Apr 2011):

    What a great story, thanks to you and all of your family for their service!

  • dawn duffield

    dawn duffield gave props (8 Apr 2011):

    A beautiful portrait, and great Knights :-)

  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (8 Apr 2011):

    Great story and a great shot, Dick! Thanks for sharing.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield   gave props (8 Apr 2011):

    Awww....what a delightful capture of the two of you! It looks like Jeff lives in a beautiful area. I know how proud you must be that Tessa will be attending West Point, but in the meantime, I must say 'Go Broncos'!!

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (8 Apr 2011):

    I'm back to look at these two very handsome knights.

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (8 Apr 2011):

    Thanks for sharing the memories Dick!

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (8 Apr 2011):

    Great portrait, I can definetly see the genes! Thanks for the interesting narrative Dick :)

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (9 Apr 2011):

    What a history you have.....And your wall of remembrance looks superb on your newly decorated... study?
    What is the history of the tankard this handsome man is holding? and yes I know you will be equal to the task of captaining the Knight family.

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (9 Apr 2011):

    Thank you, Chalky, for the spotlight! And thank you, friends, for your most generous comments, props, and faves. Sue, you noticed the pitcher! It has a long history. It survived the American Civil War (as part of a cavalry officer's mess kit) and has been handed down to the family "patriarch" ever since. So, some symbolism has attached itself to this family keepsake. (What no one knows is that my daughter, Elizabeth, will be the next in line to own this pitcher.) The smaller pic is a "file" photo. LOL. It was taken before our massive remodel, but that group of pix is back on the wall of the family room. My late mother-in-law lovingly (I think) called this room "The Knight Museum." Thanks again!

  • Kathleen Mercado

    Kathleen Mercado (Deleted) said (9 Apr 2011):

    A wonderful tribute and photo.

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (9 Apr 2011):

    What a proud family linage! Great shot of you both!!! Congratulations to Jeff's grandaughter! See you soon!

  • Asif Adnan Shajal

    Asif Adnan Shajal gave props (9 Apr 2011):

    excellent work

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   gave props (9 Apr 2011):

    Priceless!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (9 Apr 2011):

    I knew it before that your descendants are on the Round Table! Wonderful and what an honor for you! I predict you gonna live for over a 100 and will be carrying the torch for a long time!

  • William Garvey

    William Garvey gave props (9 Apr 2011):

    Wow, very cool. You will do fine at the helm. Remember where you are from and look toward where you are going.

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (10 Apr 2011):

    A W E S O M E ! ! ! !

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt gave props (10 Apr 2011):

    He looks very English! You are a youthful 62! :)

  • Zapata Juan P

    Zapata Juan P gave props (10 Apr 2011):

    Great portrait ....

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (10 Apr 2011):

    Wonderful tribute and a great photograph.

  • JanElle

    JanElle   gave props (10 Apr 2011):

    What a warm and delightful portrait of the two of you! It is so nice to see family history and traditions kept and recorded this way.. future generations will certainly thank you. Thanks for sharing!!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (10 Apr 2011):

    A wonderful shot to add to your evergrowing album of military family members. What a great history of service and achievement your cousin has! Thanks for sharing this, Dick!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (10 Apr 2011):

    Richard, you obviously come from a very long line of proud, brave and honorable men. Must be in the genes. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  • Margan Zajdowicz

    Margan Zajdowicz   gave props (10 Apr 2011):

    Great leaders! Great tribute and composition!

  • Gary Benefield

    Gary Benefield gave props (10 Apr 2011):

    I can only imagine the stories these young lads could tell....once again thanks for sharing Richard

  • Brad Paro

    Brad Paro gave props (11 Apr 2011):

    Thanks for the history and excellent photography!

  • Maria Mutch

    Maria Mutch (Deleted) gave props (11 Apr 2011):

    Handsome!! What a delightful family history --and yes, like Debrah, I, too, like Jeff's very cool sweater...

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (11 Apr 2011):

    I am honored just to know you, Richard, and to hear the loyalty and faithfulness to our wonderful country through your family's service in the military is extremely interesting and heartwarming! Just a tremendously beautiful portrait and narrative!!!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (11 Apr 2011):

    Very impressive. Delightful portrait.Thanks so much for sharing, Dick.

  • HorseWithNoName

    HorseWithNoName   gave props (12 Apr 2011):

    Great story and a great shot, Thanks for sharing!!!!!

  • Alexis - Now on Flickr

    Alexis - Now on Flickr gave props (12 Apr 2011):

    May you both continue in good health, and may we be so lucky as to look the way you do at your ages!

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (13 Apr 2011):

    two extremely fine men....you look a lot different now !

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia said (19 Apr 2011):

    great visit....... great shot of the rwo of you.

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (1 May 2011):

    I adore any image with the Black Knight....each narrative I learn something and my admiration grows.....What a couple of REAL men....

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes   said (8 May 2011):

    Just superb and speechless!

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton   gave props (8 May 2011):

    YEAH,, I agree with Donald -- Rock On!!!!!

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (11 May 2011):

    Dick, this is an outstanding image and narrative. The Knight Family has served our country well. Thank you...

  • dana iordan

    dana iordan gave props (12 May 2011):

    Yep, two handsome Knights!

  • John Tanner

    John Tanner gave props (1 Jun 2011):

    Without question Two fine gentelmen of honor !!

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