Video: Legacy March takes cadets
on a journey from past to present © Dec. 3, 2010, Norwich University Office of Communications

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The Legacy March continues a tradition that began nearly 200 years ago.

On Nov. 4, 2010, a group from Norwich University’s Corps of Cadets left the village square in Norwich, Vt., to walk for three days back to campus in Northfield.

Norwich village was where Capt. Alden Partridge, known for taking students on walking excursions, established the American Literary, Scientific and Military Academy in 1819. This school became Norwich University, the oldest private military college in the country and home to both civilian- and military-lifestyle students.

At 50 miles, the journey was a long one and cadets suffered sore feet, exhaustion and more rain than they bargained for. They were accompanied by vehicles provided by the Green Mountain Military Vehicle Club and a crew of supporters, some of whom joined the march on segments. Cadets were fed by volunteers, and slept in a school and a church.

The march, organized by students Jonathan Schoepf and Victoria Amador, was a revival of previous marches and raised money for the Wounded Warrior Project and the Northfield Veterans’ Place. It was also envisioned as a capstone event for the newly established Engineering Management Club, and may grow in future years.