Virginia Tech cadets visit the National D-Day Memorial

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While most students at Virginia Tech are using their day off to sleep in, the freshmen Corps of Cadets, along with a few seniors, got up early to visit the National D-Day Memorial for the tenth year in a row.

But they aren’t complaining.

“There is more to life than just classes and next semester, there are people that need us to be good leaders,” said Lindsey Bittinger, a senior in the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets.

Every year the freshmen cadets come the memorial, keeping the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice alive.

“Learning about the history of our country and our leaders both in the military as well as the public and private sectors is an important facet of the leadership development program at the corps of cadets,” said Major General Randal Fullhart, the Commandant of Cadets at Virginia Tech.

Four of every five cadets will go on to serve in the military, making today’s lesson even more relevant.

“What I think it does most for them is give them an appreciation for the kinds of leadership challenges they will face in their future, wherever they may go, ” said Fullhart.

The trip allows the newest cadets to learn the connections between Virginia Tech and D-day. Twenty Virginia Tech alumni died on the beaches of Normandy.

“It kind of puts in perspective all the little things that we harp on at Tech. To be able to put it in the perspective your country and your nation, and really embodying ut prosim, that I may serve,” said Bittinger.

Virginia Tech is the largest private donor of the memorial. The Corps of Cadets started supporting the memorial in 2001 after learning that the memorial was facing bankruptcy.

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