Virginians play fife & drum at Capitol celebration

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Tradition was front and center today at the National Archives Building, home to the original Declaration of Independence.

People came from all over the country to celebrate America’s 241st birthday.  With temperatures in the eighties, some found it a struggle.

Staff Sergeant Jeremy Edward Marks with the Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps said  “It’s a little warm.  But it’s not so so bad.  It’s not as bad as it may seem.”

Marks is originally from Leesburg, Virginia.  But he’s no stranger to Roanoke.
“I went to school down in Radford, Virginia.  Down at Radford University.  So I’m familiar with Roanoke.”

Marks has been with the Fife and Drum Corps for about ten months now, but he’s always wanted be a part of it.

Staff Sergeant John Hardwell Parks has spent 6 ½ years with the United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps.
“So I play the fife in the Fife and Drum Corps, and I’m also an assistant drum major.”

Staff Sergeant Parks equates being in this special group to an athlete becoming a professional.  If that wasn’t enough, there’s another perk.

“The friends that you make and the experience that you get is pretty special.”

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