Annual "Inspiration to Serve" Cemetery Tour

Close up of the top of a gravestone in West Point cemetery.

Each Spring, 3rd class cadets participate in the Academy’s  “Inspiration to Serve” Cemetery Tour as part of their mandatory Cadet Character Education Program (CCEP) requirements.  The annual tour is ran by the Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic.  Selected staff and faculty lead Cadets on a tour of the West Point Cemetery, sharing personalized stories of recent West Point graduates who were killed in action in support and defense of the Constitution. This formative experience is designed to foster reflection in cadets prior to their commitment and affirmation as 2nd class cadets.