Rutgers group wants to honor alumni who have served

PARSIPPANY — In December 2015, Jim Simos, a Parsippany Hills High School in 1972, combined the holiday spirit with his devotion to Rutgers as he led fellow alumni affiliated with the Rutgers Club of Washington, D.C., to Arlington National Cemetery to place American and Rutgers flags on the graves of alumni veterans.

Remember the Fallen. . . Honor those who Serve. . . Teach our children the value of Freedom.

On Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 8:30 a.m., Rutgers At Arlington in conjunction with Wreaths across America will be wreath laying at Arlington National Cemetery. Please help us locate our heroes at Arlington National Cemetery.

There is no requirement to register or sign-up in order to participate.

Inspired three years ago by Wreaths Across America, the annual mid-December event that attracts tens of thousands of volunteers to the hallowed cemetery, Simos RBS’80 sees the ceremony as a means to bring alumni living in the Washington. D.C., area together-and to pay respects to the alumni who served their nation.

When Simos and a few alumni began participating in 2015, they were working from a list of 75 graduates buried at Arlington.

They located some of them by using the cemetery’s website and found others through their own  sleuth work as they canvassed the sprawling cemetery, which was created in 1864. In the intervening years, publicity for the cause has led to more names and speculation that there are close to 300 alumni veterans buried at Arlington; ten more have been discovered since last year.

“We have a lot more to find,” says Simos, who often receives correspondence from relatives of the deceased veterans. “The emails we’ve received are mind-boggling.” And they, leave Simos in awe and committed to his project. To learn more, visit the Rutgers Club of Washington, D.C., which is a charter organization of the Rutgers University Alumni Association, on Facebook by clicking here.

For additional information you can email Jim Simos by clicking here.