On a weekend where Army West Point football played one of its biggest games of the season, about 1,300 families made the trip to West Point to spend a few precious moments with their beloved cadets.
For the first time in nearly two years, the U.S. Military Academy hosted its Corps Family Weekend on Friday through Sunday.
After classes were dismissed on Friday, selected U.S. Corps of Cadets clubs, such as the Pipes and Drums and Drill team, met at Trophy Point to demonstrate their talents to the weekend guests. As instructors and staff members looked on, many witnessed a different energy than on other weekends on campus.
Deb Dalton, Parent Communications liaison, said, “It’s really an honor to be a part of this event. The parents and cadets are ecstatic to be able to see each other.”
Dalton mentioned that some parents traveled as far away as Germany to be with their children during this time.
“There was no doubt my wife and I wouldn’t miss the chance to be with our daughter even if it took us 11 hours to get here,” said a USMA Class of 2025 father who traveled from Ohio.
On Saturday, a second wave of events entertained parents and alumni. The parent morning meet-up started with coffee followed by viewing a cadet parade located on The Plain. As parents pointed out to the battalions, emotions began to overcome some. For many parents, this was the first time they witnessed their cadets in full dress uniform.
After the Army West Point-Wake Forest football game, the evening concluded with a 2-0 win from the men’s soccer team over Holy Cross during its senior night. The weekend also included a senior night win by the women’s soccer team.
Sunday included morning and afternoon boat rides on the Hudson River, however, it also brought a day full of goodbyes. After touring the campus and taking photos amongst the beautiful fall foliage, the emotions came out.
“I’m so proud of my daughter. She holds her head much higher since being here,” a USMA Class of 2025 father, who is also a USMA graduate, said. “We’re so happy to be able to see her.”