A parade will mark the inauguration of Virginia’s new governor – Terry McAuliffe - in Richmond on Saturday. Charlottesville High School's band will be there, and so will the color guard and band from the Virginia Military
of cadets returned to campus early from winter break to practice for the inaugural parade. Marching in the parade is a long-standing tradition and an honor for all of them.
"It's a great way to show our respect to the upcoming governor, as he is our Commander in Chief at VMI,” said Zachery Mills, cadet.
Rain or shine, 200 cadets are ready to step up and march in Saturday’s parade.
"From the very beginning, the Corps of Cadets at VMI has been a part of the militia of Virginia and the governor has been the Commander in Chief of the militia, so there's a very special relationship between the student body of VMI and the Governor,” said Stewart MacInnis, communications director at VMI.
MacInnis says through the many gubernatorial inaugurations, and even 13 presidential ones, these ceremonies are more than pomp and circumstance. Each one symbolizes VMI’s dedication to serving civilian leaders and the public - and for those approaching the final months of their cadetship, like Mills, this event is a high point.
"This is kind of getting to the culminating point of my cadetship, this will definitely be one of the most memorable experiences I've had here as a cadet at VMI,” said Mills.
The ceremony begins at noon, and the parade will immediately follow the swearing-in. Tickets for the ceremony are out, but there is a waiting list for those still hoping to attend. Click here to watch the live stream of the ceremony on Saturday.
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