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Corps of Cadets observes centuries-old flag traditions

The Corps of Cadets color guard prepares to raise the flag at the Upper Quad flagpole.
The Corps of Cadets color guard prepares to raise the flag during the fall 2019 semester. Shay Barnhart for Virginia Tech.

From: Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets

Every morning and evening, the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets continues a tradition that dates to the beginning of the country and is in keeping with military traditions that date back centuries.  

At 7:20 a.m. Monday through Friday, the Corps of Cadets forms on the Upper Quad in front of Lane Hall. Summoned by bugle call, cadets salute the raising of our nation's flag while the traditional music called "Reveille" is played.  

This year, due to a portion of the Corps also living in West and Main Eggleston halls, a smaller group of cadets will participate in a similiar ceremony Monday through Thursday behind Eggleston Hall. There will be no bugle call.

The Upper Quad flagpole is adjacent to The Rock, the stone monument honoring the memory of alumni who died in World War I. Because it is a memorial space, no one should lean on or set objects on The Rock or the cobblestone area surrounding the flagpole.

At about 5 p.m. each weekday, the buglers and flag detail return to Upper Quad to signal the close of the duty day by lowering the flag. On special occasions, the entire corps participates during a formal retreat ceremony.

The community is always invited to observe these events from a distance. Please refrain from walking or riding bikes through the area until the two-minute ceremony is complete.  

Remove hats and place your right hand over your heart anytime the flag is being raised or lowered. Veterans and out-of-uniform military personnel may render a hand salute.