On Nov. 12, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets held a Veterans Day remembrance ceremony in the War Memorial Chapel to recognize all veterans and to honor the service that Virginia Tech men and women have given our nation.
At 11 a.m., Senior Vice President and Provost Mark McNamee placed a memorial wreath in front of the cenotaph on Memorial Court. The Gregory Guard, the Corps of Cadets rifle drill team, fired a rifle salute. The Color Guard presented the colors, and "Taps" was sounded.
Eleven o’clock is a symbolic time on this special day. Veterans Day, formerly called Armistice Day, was initially created to celebrate 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.
The student veterans group, Veterans @ VT, also honored the sacrifice of U.S. service members when group members took turns reading the names of those killed while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn. It took more than five hours to read the names of the 6,600 men and women who have lost their lives in the conflicts.
Photos by Logan Wallace