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WPS of Annapolis Supports Visiting Army Lacrosse Team
4/29/2021

WPS of Annapolis Supports Visiting Army Lacrosse TeamThe Army men's lacrosse team visited Annapolis to play their annual Army-Navy lacrosse game on April 24, 2021. The nationally ranked (#10) Army men took the field and played a very competitive nationally ranked (#19) Navy team but lost to Navy 9-4. The West Point Society of Annapolis (WPSOA) was represented at the game and held a tailgate to celebrate the annual event. Unfortunately, due to both COVID restrictions and a quick turn-around and departure, the team was not able to join the WPSOA in a post-game tailgate.

Photo: WPSOA members at their Army-Navy lacrosse game tailgate

WPS of The Cape Fear Founders Day 2021
3/31/2021

WPS of The Cape Fear Founders Day 2021The Cape Fear West Point Society celebrated its annual Founders Day Celebration on Saturday, March 27, 2021 with a Barbeque Picnic at an outdoor pavilion in beautiful Long Leaf Park in Wilmington, North Carolina.

While attendance was limited by pandemic restrictions, the assemblage was buoyed by a return to in-person social engagement, the festive formalities of honoring the foundation of West Point, and the recognition of accepted candidates of the Class of 2025 and their families by graduates and members of the North Carolina West Point Parents Club.

WPS of The Tennessee Valley Celebrates Founders Day ’21
3/24/2021

WPS of The Tennessee Valley Celebrates Founders Day ’21The West Point Society of the Tennessee Valley recently celebrated Founders Day. Roughly 50 society members assembled at Huntsville’s Valley Hill Country Club for an informal dinner and to celebrate Founders Day ’21 by viewing the AOG’s Virtual Founders Day event together. An additional 25 members enjoyed the virtual event while viewing it at their homes. The AOG program was a success and a big help in assisting societies with their Founders Day ’21 planning while still being mindful of the pandemic.

WPS of Annapolis Founders Day 2021
3/18/2021

The West Point Society of Annapolis (WPSOA) held its 35th annual Founders Day celebration on Saturday, March 13, 2021. The event was held at Café Mezzanotte, Severna Park, MD, and was attended by 18 WPSOA members and guests, Due to ongoing COVID 19 concerns, attendance was lower than normal and COVID protocols were followed.

President, Steve Heinecke ’77 discussed the status and purpose of the WPSOA, before Bill Taylor ’70 presented the Superintendent's video for the attendees. Steve then introduced the eldest Bob Moore ’58 and youngest Luke Tyree ’08 grads.

Bob Moore entertained us with his humorous experiences and attempts to enter West Point from a small mid-western town in the early fifties. There was lively conversation between Bob Moore, Luke Tyree and guests when Luke mentioned his class ring was made with gold from some of Bob's classmates.

Following the old and young grad comments, Bob Opatovsky ’70 introduced Peter Polk, former USMA instructor and recent Friend of West Point (FOWP) honoree. Bob explained the FOWP nomination & selection process, and offered congratulations to Peter and his wife, Pam, for their unwavering support of West Point and the WPSOA over the past decade. The evening concluded with Bill Taylor ’70 offering the benediction and the assemblage singing the Alma Mater.

Photo: Guests watching the Supt's video

WPS of Northwest Florida Sponsors a Field of Valor
2/25/2021

WPS of Northwest Florida Sponsors a Field of ValorEvery September, the Exchange Club of Niceville and the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast sponsor a Field of Valor where flags are put up to honor all servicemen and women from Florida who were killed in action in Iraq and Afghanistan since September 11, 2001. This year the West Point Society of Northwest Florida sponsored two of the flags and they were dedicated to the memory of CPT Andrew M. Pedersen-Keel ’06 and 1LT Kevin S. Smith, ’02. CPT Pedersen-Keel was killed in Afghanistan on March 11, 2013 while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and 1LT Smith was killed in Baghdad, Iraq on December 8, 2005. It was an honor to remember their sacrifice in support of our country.

Just prior to the Christmas holiday, on December 19, the community held its first-ever “Wreaths Across America” ceremony at the Beal Memorial Cemetery in Fort Walton Beach. There are over 1,700 veterans buried there and each grave was decorated with a wreath. In spite of the pandemic, it was a well-attended event and Society President Chuck Merkel was proud to represent the West Point Society of Northwest Florida, which donated funds toward the purchase of wreaths. Designated attendees unveiled wreaths for each of the military services. Since there was no Merchant Marine representatives present, Chuck Merkel was asked to do the honors for that service and he gladly accepted.

WPS of Annapolis Celebrates Peter Polk as Friend of West Point
2/25/2021

WPS of Annapolis Celebrates Peter Polk as Friend of West PointThe West Point Society of Annapolis (WPSOA) sponsored a small dinner for Peter Polk and his wife, Pam, to honor Peter for his recent selection by the WPAOG as a Friend of West Point on February 16, 2021. Peter, a retired LTC who taught computer science, systems engineering and mathematics classes at West Point from 1987-1991, lives in Annapolis, MD, and is an active supporter of WPSOA and West Point.

Whether engaging with USMA Exchange Cadets and WPSOA members during dinners, socials, and Founders Day celebrations, Peter is always eager to learn of recent changes made and planned for West Point. Peter, who believes in the values and ideals of West Point, is also willing to share his positive experiences as a professor, faculty member and officer with a troop unit in the field with the cadets and WPSOA members.

During the dinner, Bob Opatovsky ’70 (WPSOA Secretary) and Bill Taylor ’70 (WPSOA Treasurer) presented Peter with his WPAOG Friend of West Point Certificate, as well as his Friend of the WPSOA Certificate.

Photo: Peter receiving his FOWP Certificate from Bill Taylor (left) and Bob Opatovsky (right)