BLACKSBURG, Va., Oct. 28, 2011 – The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets and the Virginia Tech football team continue to highlight the colors during the pre-game ceremony at every football game.
Three football players are selected, because of their performance in the last game or during practice, to carry the American flag, the state flag, and the team’s spirit flag as they lead the team onto the field. They carry the flags the length of the field and deliver them to cadets at the south end of the field.
The cadets performing this honor are also selected based on their performance during their training. The cadets render honor to the flags and then securely carry them off the field. At home games three freshman cadets are selected and one or two upper-class cadets travel with the team and receive the flags at away games.
Two cadets were selected to receive the flags at the Duke game based on their strong performance during the first half of the semester. They will travel and lodge with the team, as well as participate in all team meetings and meals.
The cadets selected are Cadet James Harvey of Yorktown, Va., a senior majoring in aerospace engineering in the College of Engineering who is a recipient of the Emerging Leader Scholarship and is a member of the Civilian Leader Track program and Cadet Luke Carpenter of Hampton, Va., a junior majoring in communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences who is a recipient of the Beverly S. Parrish, Jr. '53 Emerging Leader Scholarship and is also a member of the Civilian Leader Track program.
Future cadets will continue to be selected for this honor based on their performance in the cadet regiment. The program is part of the proud partnership the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets has with the Virginia Tech Athletic Department and the Virginia Tech football team.
The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets has produced military, public, and corporate leaders since the university was founded in 1872. It is one of just two military corps within a large public university. The corps holds its members to the highest standards of loyalty, honor, integrity, and self-discipline. In return, cadets achieve high academic success and a long-lasting camaraderie with fellow members. Virginia Tech, the most comprehensive university in Virginia, is dedicated to quality, innovation, and results to the commonwealth, the nation, and the world.