Linden Cadets March In Inaugural Parade

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Two Linden residents who are cadets at the Virginia Military Institute had the opportunity to participate in the 2009 Inaugural Parade in Washington, D.C. this week.

Gregory S. Lum and Patrick K. Terhune were part of the VMI contingent. It is the 13th time in school history that cadets from VMI marched in a Presidential Inaugural Parade. The first was in 1909, when President William Howard Taft was sworn in.

The Corps is well rehearsed in marching. VMI’s strict military regimen usually includes at least one parade each week during the academic sessions. Special daily practices are being held in the week prior to the parade.  The cadets were bused to Washington, D.C., the morning of the parade, and returned to Lexington that evening. The corps was among the last units in the parade.

VMI, which has an enrollment of more than 1,300 cadets, is the nation’s oldest state-supported military college.

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