Still, during one of our meetings we were informed that several Mess Hall tables were broken and going to be thrown out, they offered them to us and we were able to secure them prior to them being taken to a dumpster, anticipating using them when we did finally get the project off the ground. When we were leaving that day, several cadets loaded these tables in our truck and our intention was always to pick up where we left off at some point and create heirloom pens out of this Mess Hall Witness Wood® (one circa 1940’s table and 2 circa 1980-90’s mess hall tables).
We have decided to begin creating a series of Pens from these amazing Mess Hall tables with the hopes of making a small piece of West Point available to graduates, family members, and friends. Not only will these heirlooms “Keep History Alive”, but they also commemorate the heroes who have walked the hallowed halls and served and protected our freedom for more than 200 years.
It is impossible to know who sat at these tables but it literally could be anyone over the past 70 years!
Many of the mysteries of West Point customs are nurtured in Mess Hall tradition.
As a plebe sits at attention while he eats, his eyes may not wander farther than the perimeter of a circle of radius seven inches, whose center is at the center of his plate; and he must see that all of the upperclassmen at his table are properly supplied with food.
Any discussion of the customs and traditions of West Point is a discussion of the Academy itself. In the long life of the Corps, certain unwritten habits of conduct have developed, and many stories of former escapades have been handed down.
Many of the customs are in the form of restrictions placed upon the "plebes." The traditions and restrictions in the mess hall are many and if you ask any USMA graduate they will tell you, the traditions, some silly, some painful, helped mold the person they were to become!
The greatest tradition that West Point has or can ever have, is the "long grey line" of cadets who have gone before and all have spent countless hours in the Mess Hall. For more than a century and a quarter, West Point has been equipping the country's military leaders. It is with pride for the past and ambition for the future that the Corps boasts of the real tradition symbolized by the motto: DUTY—HONOR--COUNTRY.