In this 2015 photo, Clarke Haywood ’12 provides a contextual narrative to cadets about to embark on the Legacy March in Norwich, Vt. The 2018 Legacy March begins on Nov. 1. (Photo by Mark Collier.)

Norwich University cadets, alumni, and friends 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, ninth annual Legacy March begins in Norwich, Vt., Norwich University’s original hometown, on Thursday, Nov. 1, and ends with the cadets arriving back to Northfield for lunch on Saturday, Nov. 3.

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 and engineering.

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

The march will kick off on the Norwich, Vt., village green with historical briefings from Clarke Haywood ’12. Haywood will accompany the marchers, discussing early Norwich history, visiting Partridge’s and Ransom’s (Norwich’s second president) gravesites, and passing by Partridge’s home. The cadets will detour on Thursday to the Morrill homestead in Strafford, Vt., to learn about the impact of U.S. 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 $25,000 over the years to support Vermont and national veteran’s organizations. For the last several 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 support 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 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, 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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