Eagle, flags, mountains among design elements student committee chose
A brochure by ring maker Jostens reveals 10 key details from the 2021 Corps of Cadets’ class ring.
Five rays, representing the U.S. armed forces’ five branches: U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy.
- An eclipse, representing a solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017, during rook week and noting rookdom’s transformative experience.
- The mountains, signifying the peak surmounted by completing rookdom and the first year in the Corps of Cadets.
- A bald eagle, representing strength, perseverance, and resilience.
- “If not us, then who?” a quote representing the class’s character, drive and heart.
- An American flag, representing the Guiding Value of service to nation and others before self. Also, a flag at half-staff, honoring the 58 people who died and the more than 500 wounded in the Oct. 1, 2017, mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip.
- A howitzer, representing the firing weapon delivering thunder that echoes off the hills surrounding the valley.
- Shield, representing a call to safeguard everyone’s rights and well-being.
- Ivy, symbolizing the 18 rook training weeks that transformed recruits into cadets.
- Bricks, signifying a foundation of integrity, built over time.
- Goodyear Gate, through which rooks first passed to reach the Upper Parade Ground.