Christian Brothers Academy Freshman Organizing Wreath Sponsorship Campaign

Adelphia, New Jersey – After the coronavirus pandemic halted last year’s trip, the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund will once again be taking a bus full of volunteers from the Jersey Shore to the United States Military Academy West Point Cemetery in West Point, New York, on December 4, 2021, to lay wreaths on the graves. West Point Cemetery is where Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II is laid to rest. Lt. Zilinski was killed in action in Iraq by a roadside bomb in 2005. The twenty-three-year-old was a Middletown, New Jersey resident, a Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) alumnus, and a distinguished West Point graduate.

Jordan and Nicholas Codispoti at West Point Zilinski wreath laying
Jordan and Nicholas Codispoti

Nicholas Codispoti, a 15-year-old from Holmdel and freshman at CBA, is leading the efforts. His goal is to get 1000 wreaths sponsored in Dennis’ honor as part of his community service project for his scholarship through the Memorial Fund. Nicholas takes the reins from his sister, Jordan Codispoti, a Trinity Hall High School graduate now in college, who led the sponsorship drive for wreaths for several years.

“I’m excited to continue supporting the Zilinski Memorial Fund and Wreaths Across America. I’m proud that while continuing what my sister started, I am able to expand her mission of covering all the graves at West Point Cemetery by bringing it to CBA. I’ve enjoyed going each year to lay the wreaths at West Point, and I see how important it is to remember our fallen soldiers,” said Nicholas Codispoti.

Each wreath costs $15 and can be purchased at

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Jackson Pines and Cranston Dean in residency at Langosta Lounge in Asbury Park
Jackson Pines and Cranston Dean at Langosta

“Our sincere appreciation goes to Nicholas for honoring our son Dennis’ memory and all those who are laid to rest at West Point Cemetery,” said Marion Zilinski, Co-Founder and Board Member of the Zilinski Memorial Fund. “It is critical for all Americans to remember and honor the fallen. We must never forget that freedom is not free, and many of our servicemen and servicewomen have paid the ultimate sacrifice.”

The Zilinski Memorial Fund will also contribute $10,000 to Wreaths Across America for additional wreaths. Through this generous donation, more of the 7,050 graves at West Point Cemetery will be covered this December. As each wreath is placed on a grave, volunteers will say the name of each veteran aloud.

Codispoti Family at West Point for Zilinski wreath laying
Codispoti Family at West Point when Jordan organized the wreath laying.

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 organization’s mission —Remember, Honor, and Teach— is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies in December at more than 1,900 veterans’ cemeteries throughout the country and world. The wreath-laying ceremony at West Point Cemetery is among them.

More About the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund

Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II was killed in action in Iraq by a roadside bomb in 2005. The Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund was created and founded a year later in Dennis’ honor. Twenty-three-year-old Lt. Zilinski was a Middletown, New Jersey resident, a Christian Brothers Academy (Lincroft, New Jersey) alumnus, a distinguished West Point graduate, a member of the 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat 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 welfare of members of the United States Armed Forces and their families.

One of the main accomplishments of The Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund is sponsoring service dogs for disabled American veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). To date, the Zilinski Memorial Fund has sponsored more than 100 service dogs.

Additionally, the Zilinski Memorial Fund provides scholarships to students at Lt. Zilinski’s alma mater, Christian Brothers Academy. By providing these scholarships, the Zilinski Memorial Fund invests in the future of high school students who embody the leadership qualities and community spirit of Lt. Zilinski.

To help us raise awareness about all the good we do, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Parler, Instagram, and YouTube. Donations may be sent to: Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski, II Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 124, Adelphia, NJ 07710 or made online at

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