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Photos: Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets mark Veterans Day

November 11, 2016

2016 Veterans Day Ceremony
From left, Commandant of Cadets Maj. Gen. Randal Fullhart, President Tim Sands, and Professor of Military Science Col. Kevin Milton prepare to move the memorial wreath in front of the cenotaph on War Memorial Court.

The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets’ Veterans Day remembrance ceremony honored the service of our nation’s soldiers.

The ceremony was held at the War Memorial Chapel. Professor of military science Col. Kevin Milton, who oversees Virginia Tech’s Army ROTC program, spoke. 

At 11 a.m., Virginia Tech President Tim Sands and Laura Sands joined Milton and Maj. Gen. Randal Fullhart, commandant of cadets, to place the memorial wreath in front of the cenotaph on War Memorial Court. The Gregory Guard, the corps’ precision rifle drill team, fired a rifle salute. The color guard presented the colors, and a bugler played “Taps.”

Eleven o’clock is symbolic on Veteran's Day. The day, formerly known as Armistice Day, celebrates the signing of the Armistice at the end of World War I. The Armistice took effect at 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month in the year 1918.  

Guard duty at the Pylons
John Mitchell of Gainesville, Virginia, a freshman majoring in building construction in the College of Architecture and Urban Affairs, stands watch over War Memorial Court just after 6 a.m. Friday. The Corps of Cadets’ Echo Company maintained a 48-hour vigil at the cenotaph, which bears the names of the university’s seven Medal of Honor recipeints. Two cadets were posted as guards and changed every hour.
Cadet at the Pylons
The Corps of Cadets’ Echo Company maintained a 48-hour vigil at the cenotaph, which bears the names of the university’s seven Medal of Honor recipients. Two cadets were posted as guards and changed every hour.
Tim Sands and cadets
President Tim Sands talks with members of the Gregory Guard, the Corps of Cadets' precision drill team, after the ceremony. The Gregory Guard fired the 21-gun salute during the ceremony.
Kevin Milton
Professor of Military Science Col. Kevin Milton, who oversees the Army ROTC program, speaks in War Memorial Chapel during the Veterans Day remembrance ceremony. "All our veterans require is a simple thank you and the respect they deserve," Milton said.

Video: Honoring our nation's heroes on Veterans Day

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