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WP-ORG is in the home stretch of our Fund Drive:
http://www.west-point.org/donate/

You've heard about the services we provide. I have highlighted them in past messages. What you may not know about is my day-to-day contacts with the Service Academy community, and the connections that keep me excited to work for you.  Each of us at WP-ORG has our experience. I will give you a glimpse into my world.

WP-ORG hosts eulogy pages for every graduate who has died from the class of 1930 to present day. A copy of each eulogy posted is sent to me for review. There is a "forbidden word" firewall that prevents anyone from publishing untoward messages. Sometimes the filter is tripped innocently, requiring that I manually publish the eulogy. I review all eulogies to assure that something does not get through that should not. Mostly, I read the loving words of the daughters, sons, wives, and friends who place their hearts on a public site with the need to touch the person they have lost. Messages are posted following the death of a graduate, and on the birthdays, wedding anniversaries, and death dates many years after the death of the graduate. They are moving beyond words, and we are privileged to read each one of them. Reading them takes time, but it is time that makes my life better. Some of the most current read in part:

"Our Army careers diverged, but we reconnected at several class reunions--we last stood together at the end of the reviewing line of the Alumni Review in May 2015. Godspeed my friend--may God bless you."

"I miss you so much! Not a day goes by I don't think of you. Sending hugs and kiss to heaven."

"I was to be under his direction as Assignments Officer for Company Grade Officers, specifically captains and promotable first Lieutenants. We were in the same office, thus we could monitor each other's conversations on the phone. One afternoon I heard him tell someone on the phone that his father had been lost on a Hellship as a POW of the Japanese in the Philippines. When he hung up, I told him my father had also been lost on a Hellship, carrying American POWS from the Philippines to Japan to work as slave labor. It turned out they were on the same Ship! SMALL WORLD!! This bond lived on the rest of our lives..."

"My kids know you as if you were still here. Miss you as if you were gone just yesterday."

"It's hard to believe that it has been 18 years since your passing. I am always being told by our family how much we look alike. I feel as though we never truly met. In 1989, the same year I was born, you were diagnosed with both Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease. As my cognitive ability grew yours dwindled. I will never forget the power of the storm that came at your wake to call you up."

"I'll always remember him. I think about him to this day. I miss him to this day. He made a permanent impression upon me and I can still feel his warmth and humor. I can still hear his voice and see his unique gait and his long ape-like arms swinging as he walked. He was a true friend to me and I only wish I could've been there to see him put to rest. I intend to visit him soon, and say goodbye in person. Be Though At Peace, brother."

If you know a graduate who has passed away, please consider posting a eulogy.  I receive emails each week asking me to connect a grateful family to the writer of a eulogy. It's easy to access the eulogy pages from our main page, but here is a direct link: http://www.west-point.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=40 Just use the dropdown box to select the class year.

Today a USMA wife called me regarding a note I put out, reminding our users that WP-ORG will add photos, obituaries, memorial articles, or anything the class or family members would like placed on the home page of a graduate, which links to personal eulogies.  She explained she is in her mid 80's, and that her husband is in a care facility.  At this point she broke down. I could hear the 60 or so years of love in the woman's tears.  I could feel the helplessness she is experiencing. I stopped her from trying to explain her call. I explained that she has my email address and phone numbers, and when the terrible day comes that she and/or her children send me what they wish to send me, I will be here to make sure that it is placed on his page quickly, and with the love and care he deserves. It is my honor to do so.

This example is close to my heart, and is a good example of years of honoring her memory. Laura's home page:
http://www.west-point.org/users/usma2003/60262/
and her eulogy page:
http://defender.west-point.org/service/eulogies.mhtml?&u=60262

The WP-ORG eulogy pages are the longest standing memorial pages for Academy graduates. They hold over 20 years of precious memories. We're proud of them. If you are a family member or a classmate and have something that should be included on the main page of a deceased graduate, write to me or call me. It would be my honor to assist you.

Respectfully,
Dian Welle
WP-ORG, Inc.
www.west-point.org
208-263-8063 (office)
661-917-2441 (cell)

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http://www.west-point.org/donate

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https://secure.west-point.org/donate/report/

WP-ORG Budget: April 1, 2018 - September 30, 2019
http://www.west-point.org/budget

 
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