Norwich University cadets have a ways to go

Paying their respects

This 50 mile legacy march is just the first few steps that they will take

The other day I was asked to check out the Congregational Church meeting room/ kitchen.  It appears there was, a transformation overnight. The room is normally used for church functions and sometimes other classes are held there. The kitchen area is nearby and often used to support these functions.

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Today however it seemed to look more like a military barracks/mess hall. I know what these look like as I spent 26 years in the US Army and have dined in quite a few of them.  It appears that breakfast was being served to a platoon size military unit. A platoon is usually 50 soldiers. The cadets from Norwich University were in town to participate in the annual Legacy march from Norwich to Northfield ,Vermont.

I took several photos, some in the makeshift mess hall, on the green and at the Fairview cemetery.

Zero dark thirty and the place is a bustling

What's all the commotion about?

Just like the old days in the military. The flags help identify who is in the house so to speak

Oh ! and the long chow lines ( I always worried I wouldn't get enough to eat)

And there is always someone to coordinate/ supervise the event

The tables are filling up fast

A group picture at the Gazebo prior to the march

Forming up for a presentation on the green

Here is a press release from Norwich University which explains the march.


October 23, 2018

Norwich University cadets, alumni and friends will continue their tradition of marching 50 miles to raise funds for the Veterans’ Place, Inc., a Northfield transition home and support center for homeless veterans.

The three-day, 9th Annual Legacy March begins in Norwich, Vt., Norwich University’s original “home-town,” on Thursday, Nov. 1, and ends with the cadets arriving back to Northfield for lunch on Saturday, Nov. 3.

In the tradition of experiential education championed by Norwich founder Captain Alden Partridge, marchers will receive educational instruction by Norwich faculty, staff and alumni on local and regional history and engineering.

The march recreates the historical movement in 1866 that brought the cadets from Norwich to Northfield after a disastrous fire on the original campus.

The march will kick off on the Norwich, Vt., village green with historical briefings from Clarke Haywood, NU’12. Haywood will accompany the marchers, discussing early Norwich history, visiting Partridge’s and Ransom’s (Norwich’s second president) grave sites, and passing by Partridge’s home. The cadets will detour on Thursday to the Justin Morrill homestead in Strafford, Vt., to learn about the impact of U.S. Senator Justin Morrill, the Land Grant College Act that bears his name, and the roots of this far-reaching legislation in Norwich founder Capt. Alden Partridge’s philosophy.

The Legacy March has raised more than $25,000 over the years to support Vermont and national veteran’s organizations. For the last several years the fundraising efforts of the marchers and the entire University community in support of this event has stayed in central Vermont – benefiting Northfield’s Veterans’ Place. Numerous Upper Valley and Central Vermont businesses, educational institutions and service organizations also contribute essential gifts to support this annual event. 

About Norwich University

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) 

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here:    

Media Contact:
Daphne Larkin, M’17
Director of Media Relations & Community AffairsOffice Tel: (802)

Fairview Cemetery                                                Fairview with no cadets

And Fairview  after the invasion of Cadets

Alden Partridge grave site

Cadets with their unit flags

The Platoon of Norwich Cadets pose in front of Alden partridge Grave site

And they are heading off toward Northfield VT.


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