USMA hosts National Purple Heart Honor Mission #2 members

By Delancey Pryor III Pointer View Assistant Editor - October 7, 2021
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Robert Sodergren, a purple heart recipient and Vietnam veteran, assists members of the West Point Military Police Honor Guard in folding the American flag during a retreat ceremony Sept. 30 at the flag pole on Trophy Point.

The U.S. Military Academy hosted members of the National Purple Heart Honor Mission #2 as part of an effort to bring attention to combat wounded veterans and their families. 

This mission is a part of the Purple Heart Patriot Project, which provides an all-expense paid trip for Purple Heart recipients from across the country to visit the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor in New Windsor, N.Y., a trip to New York City and other historic sites connected with the Purple Heart as part of a tribute to their service.

Members of the National Purple Heart Honor Mission #2 travel through the West Point Cemetery on Sept. 30 as part of a visit to learn more about the academy.

Rebecca McConnell, widow of seven-time Purple Heart recipient Randy McConnell, receives the American flag that flew over West Point on Sept. 30.

A member of the National Purple Heart Honor Mission #2 asks a question about former Army West Point women’s basketball coach Maggie Dixon and her contributions to West Point.                 

Photos by Delancey Pryor III/PV