September 8, 2009
Corps of Cadets to Collect for the National D-Day Memorial

Members of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets will be collecting donations at Saturday’s Virginia Tech vs. Marshall University game to support the National D-Day Memorial, located in Bedford, VA. Cadets will be stationed at each entrance to Lane Stadium when the gates open and will continue to collect as longs as fans arrive.

The Corps of Cadets began a special relationship with the D-Day Memorial eight years ago when a cadet read that the Bedford memorial was facing bankruptcy. That cadet, sophomore Anthony Madiera, decided to do something about that and he got cadets in his unit to start collecting money on campus. Over the years, his effort expanded and continued after he graduated. Today, the Corps of Cadets have collected and donated $172,000 to the D-Day Memorial, making them the largest non-corporate supporter of the National D-Day Memorial.

But the relationship goes much farther back—to June 6th, 1944 in fact. On that first day of the Normandy Invasion, eight Virginia Tech alumni gave their lives on and behind the beaches, and another dozen were lost in the ensuing weeks. One of our losses on that first day was Lieutenant Jimmie Monteith ’41, who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism at Omaha Beach.

The Marshall game is Corps Homecoming, the game at which cadets collect for this worthy cause each year. Please be looking for the cadets as you enter the stadium on Saturday. Ut Prosim.

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