February 24, 2016

2326 UNITED STATES (New York) - United States Military Academy at West Point

The United States Military Academy at West Point (USMA), also known as West Point, Army, The Academy or simply The Point, is a four-year coeducational federal service academy located in West Point, a federal military reservation established by Thomas Jefferson in 1802, at 80km north of New York City. The academy bases a cadet's leadership experience as a development of all three pillars of performance: academics, physical, and military.

Most graduates are commissioned as second lieutenants in the Army. Its alumni and students are collectively referred to as "The Long Gray Line", and its ranks include two Presidents of the United States (as well as the President of the Confederate States of America), presidents of Costa Rica, Nicaragua and of the Philippines, numerous famous generals, seventy-five Medal of Honor recipients, 18 NASA astronauts, including five who went to the Moon.

In 1902, the Boston architectural firm Cram, Goodhue, and Ferguson was awarded a major construction contract that set the predominantly neogothic architectural style still seen today. These buildings are nearly all constructed from granite that has a predominantly gray and black hue. Other buildings, notably the oldest private residences, are built in the Federal, Georgian, or English Tudor styles, and few in the Neoclassical style. The academy grounds are home to numerous monuments and statues.

About the stamps
The first stamp is part of the definitives series American Design, about which I wrote here. The second stamp is part of a definitive series with butterflies, about which I wrote here. The last stamp is part of the series Modern Art in America: 1913-1931, about which I wrote here.

United States Military Academy - Wikipedia
United States Military Academy at West Point - Official website

Sender: Denise
Sent from Greenvale (New York / United States), on 29.01.2014
Photo: Bill Frai

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