NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University cadets, alumni and friends will continue their tradition of marching 50 miles to raise money for the Veterans’ Place Inc., a Northfield transition home and support center for homeless veterans.
Both the Legacy March fundraiser and The Veterans’ Place Inc., are celebrating 10 year anniversaries in 2019 - Norwich’s bicentennial year.
The three-day, Annual Legacy March begins Thursday, Oct. 31, in Norwich, Vermont - Norwich University’s original “hometown,” and ends Saturday, Nov. 2, with the cadets arriving back to Northfield for lunch.
In the tradition of experiential education championed by Norwich founder Capt. Alden Partridge, marchers will receive educational instruction on local and regional history and engineering from Norwich University faculty, staff and alumni.
The march re-creates 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, Vermont, village green with historical briefings from Clarke Haywood, NU’12. Haywood will initially accompany the marchers, discussing early Norwich history, visiting gravesites for Partridge and Truman Ransom (Norwich’s second president) and passing by Partridge’s home.
At lunch on Thursday, the cadets will learn about the impact of Sen. Justin Morrill, R-Vt., on American higher education including the Land Grant College Act that bears his name, and the roots of this far-reaching legislation in Partridge’s philosophy.
The Legacy March has raised more than $30,000 over the years to support Vermont and national veteran’s organizations. For the last several years, the money raised by the marchers and the university community to support this event has stayed exclusively in central Vermont, benefiting Northfield’s Veterans’ Place, a community-based, nonprofit, 26-bed, substance-free, transitional housing program.
Numerous upper valley and central Vermont businesses, educational institutions and service organizations also contribute essential gifts to support this annual event. Many of these benefactors have supported this service event throughout its history.
This year, to celebrate the special anniversaries of this fundraiser and its beneficiary and of the university itself, Norwich University is hosting a concert to benefit The Veterans’ Place Inc. featuring Vermont native and Nashville-based country musician Jamie Lee Thurston. The concert is set for at 8 p.m. Nov. 9, in Plumley Armory. Advance tickets can be purchased for $25 at https://alumni.norwich.edu/legacymarchconcert until Nov. 6 or at the door for $30 the night of the concert. Proceeds from the benefit concert go to The Veterans’ Place Inc.
Join Norwich University students for this amazing concert to entertain and support our veterans.
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). www.norwich.edu
Norwich University celebrates its bicentennial throughout 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. For information please go to: http://bicentennial.norwich.edu/
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