When Col. (ret.) Greg Conti was a cadet at West Point, he was told that the sprawling military academy overlooking the Hudson River was “a major tourist attraction,
ranking only after New York City and Niagara Falls, in New York State.”
“Thousands would come out to see the parades, watch football games and tour the grounds,” said Col. Conti, who was the keynote speaker during a well-attended Veterans Day ceremony held Saturday at the Wayside Cross at the bottom of God’s Acre. “Marching in a West Point parade is an interesting experience,” Col. Conti recalled.