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A flag once again flies on Virginia Tech’s Lane Hall

July 18, 2017

The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets flag flutters in the breeze.

Lane Hall flag
The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets flag flutters in the breeze.

For the first time in over two decades, a flag flies proudly over Lane Hall, and three veterans helped make it happen for the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets.

Last Friday, a crew from the university’s facilities department arrived with the equipment to add the final pieces of hardware needed to hoist the Corps of Cadets flag onto the pole. Three members of the crew are veterans —   Stephen Davis, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and Benjamin Brown, who served in the U.S. Army, did the work more than 100 feet in the air, and Wesley Woodyard, also a former Marine, assisted from the ground.

“I’m just glad I can help, and I hope people enjoy it,” Brown said of the flag. “I appreciate all the things the troops do, and good luck to all the cadets.”

The crew from the Virginia Tech Physical Plant uses a Genie lift to reach the flagpole more than 100 feet in the air.

Lane Hall flag
The crew from the Virginia Tech Physical Plant uses a Genie lift to reach the flagpole more than 100 feet in the air.

Stephen Davis attaches the cleat for the halyard line to the bottom of the flagpole.

Lane Hall flag
Stephen Davis attaches the cleat for the halyard line to the bottom of the flagpole.

Cadets raised and lowered the American flag atop Lane Hall daily until the early 1990s. Today, they use a larger flagpole that is surrounded by the Rock — a memorial to Virginia Tech alumni lost in World War I — and other monuments.

Over the years, Lane Hall’s cupola fell into disrepair. Renovations to the building, which was added to the National Historic Register in 2015, mean the flagpole can once again be used.

Lane Hall, constructed in 1888, was Barracks No. 1, the first home of cadets on campus. The presence of the corps flag is emblematic of that heritage, said Maj. Gen. Randal Fullhart, commandant of cadets.

The American flag will continue to fly from the larger flagpole facing Alumni Mall. This plaza forms the base for a maroon-orange brick sidewalk that forms the largest “VT” on campus to connect Lane, Pearson, and New Cadet halls.  

Stephen Davis, at left, and Benjamin Brown spin the decorative top to the flagpole.

Lane Hall flag
Stephen Davis, at left, and Benjamin Brown spin the decorative top to the flagpole.

Stephen Davis, at left, and Benjamin Brown clip the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets flag to the halyard.

Lane Hall flag
Stephen Davis, at left, and Benjamin Brown clip the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets flag to the halyard.

Benjamin Brown, at right, secures the halyard to the cleat.

Lane Hall flag
Benjamin Brown, at right, secures the halyard to the cleat.

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