On Nov. 11 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.
Lt. Col. Bill Stringer, U.S. Marine Corps (retired), Deputy Commandant of Cadets for 1st Battalion of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, gave a speech, the service songs were played, and then all attendees were asked to proceed up to the War Memorial for the placing of a memorial wreath. At 11 a.m. the wreath was placed in front of the cenotaph on Memorial Court. The Gregory Guard, the corps rifle drill team, fired a rifle salute, and taps was played.
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.