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“Militray history” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Virginia Military Institute

Virginia Military Institute
Letcher Ave., Lexington, Lexington, VA
540/464-7232
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Ranked #1 of 11 Attractions in Lexington
Type: Educational Sites, Cultural
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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Texas
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“Militray history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2010

Interesting campus. The University was initially destroyed after the Civil War, but restored later. The barracks look like a fortress. Beautiful campus with extremely well mannered cadets. Here, men and women really work out. Spend some time at the campus museum. See Stonewall (Thomas) Jackson's horse and raincoat. I found the bottom floor quite unique. They have a large collection of antique weapons. I learned how air guns were the stealth weapon of the day. Next to the parade ground you can visit Marshall C. Museum. He served several presidents. You will learn about his success in WW2 and Korea (after Mac Arthur's fiasco). Worth the $5 admission charge.

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Jabbeke, Belgium
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“New Market Parade & Ceremony, tribute to the fallen cadets”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2010

We visited VMI on May 15th 2009. In 2007 we took a guided visit of the Institute. A cadet showed us around the barracks, buildings and sport fields. It gives you a good impression what this Institute stands for and how the cadets are educated. In 2009 we went back to see the New Market Ceremony. It is open for the public, but most people are family of a cadet or are alumni.
The Ceremony starts with the ceremonial formation. After they fix bayonet, they start with the roll call: the name of each cadet who died is called, and a representative from the same company in today's Corps answers, "Died on the Field of Honor, Sir." The Commander lays flowers at the monument while the chaplain reads a prayer, followed by a three volley salute. The Ceremony ends when the cadets parade along the monument while saluting their Commander.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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“Historic Campus”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2010

Drove through VMI and really enjoyed the short trip. Walked through the parade ground and saw the cannons, historic builldings and homes. Beautiful campus with real "soldiers" walking the grounds practicing their march. Very historical commandant's building along with other misc views. Recommend the short drive through the campus

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