Norwich Cadets to March 50 Miles for Veterans’ Fundraiser


Oct. 27, 2017

Norwich University cadets will continue their tradition of marching 50 miles to raise funds for the Veterans’ Place, Inc., a Northfield transition home and support center for homeless veterans.

The three-day, 8th Annual Legacy March begins in Norwich, Vt., Norwich University’s original town, on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, and ends with the cadets arriving back to Northfield for lunch on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017.

In the tradition of experiential education championed by Norwich founder Captain Alden Partridge, marchers will receive educational instruction by Norwich faculty staff and alumni on local and regional history, engineering and geology.

The march recreates the historical movement in 1866 that brought the cadets from Norwich to Northfield after a disastrous fire on the original campus.

The march will kick off on the Norwich, Vt., village green with historical briefings from Clarke Haywood, NU’12. Haywood will accompany the marchers, discussing early Norwich history, visiting Partridge’s and Ransom’s grave sites, and passing by their homes.  The cadets will detour to the Elizabeth Copper Mine in South Strafford, Vt., and learn about the strategic importance of the mine to America and the environmental clean-up of the site in recent years.  Along the way marchers will also learn about the impact of US Senator Justin Morrill, the Land Grant College Act that bears his name, and the roots of this far-reaching legislation in Norwich founder Capt. Alden Partridge’s philosophy.

The Legacy March has raised more than $20,000 over the years to support Vermont and national veteran’s organizations. For the last few years the fundraising efforts of the marchers and the entire University community in support of this event has stayed in central Vermont – benefiting Northfield’s Veterans’ Place.  Numerous Upper Valley and Central Vermont businesses, educational institutions and service organizations also contribute essential gifts to this annual event.

About Norwich University

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) 

Norwich University will celebrate its bicentennial in 2019. In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, Norwich launched the Forging the Future campaign in 2014. The five-year campaign, which is timed to culminate in 2019, is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities and is designed to enhance the university’s strong position as it steps into its third century of service to the nation.

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