This past Saturday, the West Point Association of Graduates Memorial Support Team, along with other WPAOG colleagues, participated in the annual Wreaths Across America holiday wreath-laying ceremony honoring veterans. WPAOG participants went to each headstone or columbarium niche in the West Point Cemetery for families who had received WPAOG Memorial Support in 2019-20, spoke the name of the loved one laid to rest out loud, and placed a wreath. Handwritten cards, along with photos of their loved one’s marker, were sent to each family to let them know they are in our thoughts during this first holiday season without their loved one, and to recognize their contribution and sacrifice to our nation. This year, the entire West Point cemetery was covered, totaling more than 7,000 wreaths.

The WPAOG Memorial Services Assistance Program was originally made possible by a generous donation from Mrs. Betty Dettre in memory of her husband MG (R) Rexford H. Dettre Jr. (Class of Jan. 1943) Mrs. Dettre’s gift, along with the continued support from the Long Gray Line and others, help enable the West Point Association of Graduates to provide the services of a Memorial Support Coordinator to assist the families of West Point Graduates who are being buried at the West Point Cemetery with respect and dignity.

To contribute to this program, please contact the Gift Operations Office at giftoperations@wpaog.org or 845.446.1658, or click here: https://www.westpointaog.org/givetomemorialsupportfund
Click here to learn more about the Memorial Services Assistance program: https://www.westpointaog.org/DettreMemorialProgram

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