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