As 1,107 members of the U.S. Military Academy Class of 2020 rocketed their hats into the air at the graduation ceremony Saturday on the Plain, their journey as cadets was instantly complete and they joined the 221 classes that preceded them in the Long Gray Line.
Prior to their graduating moment in the sun, the process of being woven into the Long Gray Line started with a close relationship forged with their 50-year class affiliation, the USMA Class of 1970.
The linking of the two classes began at the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School in 2015-16 before the full class arrived at West Point. Class of 1970 members Frank Monaco and RC Rutler were engaged in the class’ events, including the USMAPS graduation in May 2016.
“I was fortunate enough to hand out diplomas at the (USMAPS graduation) and tracked the class throughout,” Monaco, who is the Class of 1970’s webmaster and chief information officer, said. “I actually gave the class their class flag upon completion of Camp Buckner training.” Read more.