Christian Brothers Academy Freshman Hosts Wreath Sponsorship Campaign
Adelphia, New Jersey – After the coronavirus pandemic halted last year’s trip, Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund will once again take a bus full of volunteers from the Jersey Shore to the Military Academy cemetery of the United States from West Point to West Point, New York, on December 4, 2021, to lay wreaths on graves. West Point Cemetery is the resting place of Lieutenant Dennis W. Zilinski II. Lieutenant Zilinski was killed in action in Iraq by a roadside bomb in 2005. The twenty-three-year-old was a resident of Middletown, New Jersey, a former Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) and a distinguished graduate of West Point.
Nicholas Codispoti, a 15-year-old from Holmdel and a freshman at ABC, is leading the effort. His goal is to obtain 1,000 sponsored crowns in honor of Dennis as part of his community service project for his scholarship through the Memorial Fund. Nicholas takes the reins from his sister, Jordan Codispoti, a graduate of Trinity Hall High School now in college, who has led the wreath sponsorship campaign for several years.
“I am delighted to continue to support the Zilinski Memorial Fund and Wreaths Across America. I’m proud that by continuing what my sister started, I can expand her mission to cover all the graves in West Point Cemetery by bringing her to the ABC. I have enjoyed going to West Point every year to lay wreaths, and I see how important it is to remember our fallen soldiers, ”said Nicholas Codispoti.
Each wreath costs $ 15 and can be purchased at www.runwithdennis.org.
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“Our sincere gratitude goes to Nicholas for honoring the memory of our son Dennis and all those buried at West Point Cemetery,” said Marion Zilinski, co-founder and board member of the Zilinski Memorial Fund. “It is essential that all Americans remember and honor the dead. We must never forget that freedom is not free, and many of our servicemen and servicemen have paid the ultimate sacrifice. “
The Zilinski Memorial Fund will also contribute $ 10,000 to Wreaths Across America for additional wreaths. Thanks to this generous donation, more of the 7,050 graves in West Point Cemetery will be covered in December. As each wreath is placed on a grave, volunteers will say the name of each Veteran aloud.
Wreaths Across America is a non-profit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, which was started by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. The mission of the organization – to remember, honor and teach – is done in part each year by coordinating wreath laying ceremonies in December at more than 1,900 veterans cemeteries across the country and around the world. The wreath laying ceremony at West Point Cemetery is one of them.
Learn more about the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund
Lieutenant Dennis W. Zilinski, II was killed in action in Iraq by a roadside bomb in 2005. The Lieutenant Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund was established and founded a year later in honor by Dennis. Twenty-three year old Lt. Zilinski was a resident of Middletown, New Jersey, a former student of Christian Brothers Academy (Lincroft, New Jersey), a distinguished graduate of West Point, a member of the 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Combat Brigade Team of the 101st Airborne Division. Since his untimely death, family and friends have united with the Memorial Fund to provide support to improve the morale and well-being of members of the United States military and their families.
One of the major accomplishments of Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund is to sponsor service dogs for disabled American veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) . To date, the Zilinski Memorial Fund has sponsored more than 100 assistance dogs.
In addition, the Zilinski Memorial Fund offers scholarships to students of Lieutenant Zilinski’s alma mater, the Christian Brothers Academy. By providing these scholarships, the Zilinski Memorial Fund is investing in the future of high school students who embody the leadership qualities and community spirit of Lieutenant Zilinski.
To help us spread awareness of all the good we do, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Talk, Instagram and YouTube. Donations can be sent to: Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund, PO Box 124, Adelphia, NJ 07710 or made online at www.runwithdennis.org.