Vice President Pence expected to speak about international affairs, defense issues at VMI Thursday

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LEXINGTON, Va (WFXR) — Vice President Mike Pence will be on Virginia Military Institute campus to speak to cadets on Thursday.

Pence joins a long list of dignitaries who have visited the school, such as Hillary Clinton, President George W. Bush, and Margaret Thatcher. VMI says this visit — which has been in the works for almost a year — is an important opportunity for their cadets’ leadership development.

The Vice President’s schedule starts on campus at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10. He will then speak to cadets at Cameron Hall and later tour of the George C. Marshall Museum.

VMI says due to COVID-19, this will be a short trip, but the experience for their cadets will be everlasting.

Pence’s office hasn’t released his talking points, but the school shared that they hope he will address international affairs and defense issues, because those are two topics that are important to VMI’s cadets and their leadership development.

“I think the value of civility is something that is lost on a lot of people these days, so what we hope our cadets take away is that it’s okay to go and listen to a political candidate, whether you agree with it or not,” said VMI’s Director of Communications and Marketing Col. Bill Wyatt. “Even though he’s coming as the Vice President of the United States, I think it’s important that the civility holds in our cadets, and we hope that we send them out to society as graduates with a strong sense of civic civility.”

While VMI would normally allow the public to be on campus for this occasion, due to VMI’s COVID-19 restrictions, only student and facility will be allowed.

WFXR News will have team coverage on the Vice President’s visit.

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