The West Point Association of Graduates’ Class Ring Memorial Program links the generations of the Long Gray Line. Each year since 2001, the gold from rings that have been worn by U.S. Military Academy graduates—leaders who have served our nation in times of war and peace since before World War I—has been melted and mixed into the gold for the rings of the Academy’s next graduating class. In total, 451 rings, from the members of the classes stretching from 1896 through 1997, will now be part of this special program.
Each year a sample is extracted from the ingot of melted rings and then added to the melt of the following year to ensure that gold from all ring melts going back to the inaugural ceremony in 2001 is included in the production of rings for the upcoming senior cadets. This ‘legacy gold’ sample, physically and symbolically, links The Long Gray Line with its newest members, the Class of 2017, when they proudly don their class rings in an August ceremony at West Point.
Learn more about the Class of 2018 Ring Melt: westpointaog.org/ring-memorial-program-class-of-2018