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TAPS: Memorial Articles 

The West Point Association of Graduates publishes Memorial Articles in memory of deceased graduates and former cadets. Articles are published in an annual issue of TAPS and online.

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Submitting a Memorial Article

Our guidelines and submission forms have recently been updated. If you are planning on writing a Memorial Article for a loved one or classmate, please review our guidelines and download the revised Inventory Sheet. WPAOG’s Memorial Articles coordinator can offer support regarding how to research and organize a Memorial Article: for information call 845.446.1545 or email memorials@wpaog.org.

You may choose to submit a draft of your own Memorial Article or provide supplementary information to assist someone preparing an article for you in the future. Make sure that you advise next of kin or classmates that you have provided this information to WPAOG. For a list of the types of supplemental information that may be submitted, please refer to the Autobiographical Data Form.

Most graduates prefer that the Howitzer photo be used on their Memorial Article, and the online template has been formatted proportionally for this. A custom photo may be submitted, however, it will be cropped to this proportion and must meet the following criteria:

Hard copy photo:

  • Clear, sharp, well defined image on quality photo paper
  • Image contains deceased only
  • Proportion is 2w x 2.5h
  • Black and white image preferable. Color photos are converted to black/white and large blocks of dark color will convert to black
  • Professional or military dress preferable

Electronic image (preferred):

  • 300 dpi or larger at actual size
  • Image contains deceased only
  • Jpeg or tif file format
  • Clear, sharp, well defined image
  • Proportion is 2w x 2.5h
  • Black and white image preferable. Color photos are converted to black/white and large blocks of dark color will convert to black
  • Professional or military dress preferable

Unacceptable:

Please note that images submitted which fall in this category will be returned with a request to submit a photo meeting the needed criteria.

  • Group photos
  • Photocopies of photos or scans of such images
  • Images from previously published magazines, newspapers, or scans of such images
  • Inkjet or laser printouts or scans of such images

Purchasing TAPS - Order Online

To order back issues of TAPS please email us at subscribe@wpaog.org.  For assistance or for information about purchasing multiple copies, email subscribe@wpaog.org or call 845-446-1645. Parchment-paper of individual articles - $15.00 each, (next of kin receive one free copy of parchment.)

Mail-in orders: Please indicate purpose of payment (TAPS, parchment copies, or both and how many copies of each) and send payment to: West Point Association of Graduates, TAPS subscriptions, 698 Mills Road, West Point, NY 10996.