Memorial Arbors

The Memorial Arbors at the United States Merchant Marine Academy was established in 1976 as a unique shrine honoring the memory of Kings Point’s alumni, faculty, staff, their families, and friends of the Academy. Located adjacent to the US Merchant Marine Memorial Chapel and the Academy’s War Memorial, the Memorial Arbors stand in tranquil dignity overlooking Long Island Sound. The Arbors contain bronze plaques bearing the names of those memorialized.

  • North Arbor, which is reserved for alumni, faculty, staff and midshipmen, contains the propeller of MS Courier, a CIMA VI-class vessel, a fitting symbol of the mariner’s profession.
  • South Arbor contains a statue from the Chrysler collection and displays plaques of Kings Pointers’ relatives and members of the “Kings Point family.”

A Memorial Service is held every year at the Arbors on the Saturday of Homecoming weekend (in the fall of each year).
Plaques The cast bronze plaques are four inches by two inches in size. Text on the plaques is restricted to four lines of 26 letters and spaces per line. The cost of a Memorial Arbors plaque is $150. This covers the cost of casting the plaque, emplacement, and perpetual care of the plaque and Arbors. The deadline for ordering plaques in time for the Homecoming Memorial Service is June 1st, 2017. All plaques after that date will still be installed, but NOT guaranteed by the Homecoming Memorial Service.

Please note that all plaques ordered after June 1, 2017 are guaranteed to be read at the Memorial Arbors Ceremony, but not guaranteed to be installed by Homecoming 2017. For more information on this process, contact Stevie Rodriguez using the information below.

To Order Online:

Click here and order your plaque online.

To Order Via Check/Mail:
1. Download, print and complete ORDER FORM.
2. Mail your order form and check made payable to the USMMA Alumni Association & Foundation.

USMMA Alumni Association & Foundation, Inc.
Attn: Memorial Arbors
14 Bond Street, #1000
Great Neck, NY 11021

Contact Stevie Rodriguez at 516-304-5429 or