West Point Legacy Lives On at the 18th Annual Ring Melting Ceremony

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Melting of 69 West Point Graduates’ Rings for Class of 2018 Celebrates the Bond between Alumni and Cadets

Pease and Curren Refinery hosts West Point Ring Melt

West Point Ring Melt

Duty, Honor, Country and the Long Gray Line will remain physically and symbolically with the Class of 2019

Sixty-nine class rings were donated this year to the West Point Association of Graduates 18th Annual Ring Melt Ceremony that will be held on February 26th beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Rhode Island refinery, Pease & Curren.

The rings, from classes ranging from 1916 to 1987, will be melted into a solid gold bar that will be incorporated into the gold used to create the rings for West Point’s Class of 2019. All of these new rings will contain not only part of this year’s donations, but a portion of all of the rings donated since this program’s inception with the Class of 2002. The annual Ring Melt is a tangible way to reaffirm the bond between The Long Gray Line of West Point graduates and the Academy’s current cadets.

Families who donated the rings are commemorating their husbands, fathers, grandfathers, brothers, and classmates through the ceremony. Donors are attending this event from all over the country.
Many of the families of the donors will be on hand to present the rings for melting.

One woman donated two rings, a Class of 1946 ring that belonged to her late husband, and also a Class of 1924 ring that belonged to her father.

A sample of gold from the 451 previously melted rings spanning the classes of 1896 to 1997 will be added to the melting of these 69 rings and will ensure that the tradition of “Duty, Honor, Country” and the Long Gray Line will remain physically and symbolically with the Class of 2019 as they proudly wear their class rings.

The February 26th event will be held at Pease & Curren, a Warwick, RI precious metals refinery that has hosted the event for the past 17 years. The company’s involvement first began with a suggestion from their then Vice President of Sales, Keith Edwards, a USMA graduate from the Class of 1985 will be in attendance.

This year’s event will be livestreamed from the refinery. All are welcomed to view this event. Link will be posted on the http://www.peaseandcurren.com website as well as http://www.westpointaog.org or on YouTube https://youtu.be/IWWGrFJTFKI

About Pease & Curren Refiners
With over 100 years in the precious metals refining business, Pease & Curren has vast experience in all aspects of gold, silver, platinum and palladium refining. We provide the most accurate precious metals refining available on the market today, bringing consistently higher yields to our customers, resulting in maximum returns.

Pease & Curren serves the dental, manufacturing, recycling, and both wholesale and retail jewelry markets. Pease & Curren has superior programs including: Premium Stone Removal and Direct Buy Services, and a true fire assay refining process that is 20 times more accurate than melt and X-Ray analysis. Our facility is one of the most secure refineries in North America and coupled with our five star customer service, we continue to serve our customers with top quality refining.

About West Point Association of Graduates
The West Point Association of Graduates (WPAOG), is among America’s oldest educational alumni associations. Founded in 1869, the Association was established “to promote the fraternal fellowship of graduates,” many of whom had recently fought against each other in the Civil War. Today, WPAOG is a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation dedicated to furthering the ideals and promoting the welfare of West Point, and to serving and supporting The Long Gray Lines of more than 50, 000 living West Point graduates. Its philanthropic pursuits maintain a Margin of Excellence for cadets attending the United States Military Academy. WPAOG strengthens the bonds of the Long Gray Line through services such as the signature 500 year affiliation program, the Class Ring Memorial Program, Class and Society support, West Point magazine, TAPS magazine, and the West Point Register of Graduates.

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