Members of the University of Virginia's ROTC program are keeping vigil to honor our nation's veterans and service members missing in action.
Cadets and midshipmen from the university's Army, Air Force, and Navy ROTC programs started the Vigil for Veterans Day at the rotunda Tuesday morning at 9:00. Pairs of ROTC students are rotating marching shifts every 15 minutes. The cadets will continue marching in vigil until 3:00 p.m. This was supposed to be a 24-hour vigil but Monday night's rains postponed and shortened it.
The student ROTC members march in silence, but they hope their presence sends a personal message to their classmates passing by.
UVA Army ROTC Cadet Taylor Graese said, "I just hope students walk by and take a moment to recognize the veterans that have come before them - to take a pause."
UVA Army ROTC Cadet Sarah Haas stated, "Just to remember all the sacrifices of those who have gone before us have made, that hopefully we will be able to live up to."
The vigil ends with a ceremony at 3:30 on the north side of the rotunda. Bryan Cannady, an Air Force colonel and UVA alum, will deliver the keynote address. He is a former deputy director of special operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The community is invited.
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