Slideshow: Fifty-mile Legacy March
on the road to becoming a tradition © Jan. 20, 2012, Norwich University Office of Communications

Students and alumni march from Norwich, Vt., back to the NU campus.

photos by Jennifer LangilleOpen Legacy March slide show

The football that pops up frequently in photographs of the 2011 Legacy March played more than a symbolic role.

While it was frequently tossed about to keep up morale during the rainy 50-mile trek from Norwich University’s original location, this was the intended game ball for a very real football match that would begin Sunday afternoon on the Northfield campus.

The group of more than 20 marchers, including two alums, began the journey on Friday morning; the football represented a deadline they had to meet. The cadets were up to the challenge, however, and the weary walkers had time for a nap before lining up to bring to ball onto the field before a cheering crowd on Oct. 15, 2011.

The Legacy March began in 2010 as a tribute to the spirit of Capt. Alden Patridge, who founded Norwich—the country’s oldest private military college—in Norwich, Vt., in 1819. Students have expressed determination to make the March a regular tradition.