Lori Parrent
Secretary to Gen. Peay

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Virginia Military Institute
Lexington, VA 24450

Remarks regarding Vice President Dick Cheney

At the VMI Review Parade

Military Appreciation Day

8 November 2008

Ladies and Gentlemen.  On behalf of the faculty and staff and the Corps of Cadets of the Virginia Military Institute, I extend to you our warmest welcome to this morning’s parade on Military Appreciation Day.  This annual expression of appreciation to our men and women in uniform would be appropriate at any time in the history of our nation, but it is especially fitting at this time of war.   By this parade, we seek to honor all who have served over the years to keep this nation free and safe.  We are especially mindful of the more than 1200 VMI alumni who have served and who are serving at this very moment in Iraq, Afghanistan, and wherever they are called to duty, and particularly for eleven alumni who have paid the ultimate sacrifice.  Our nation has not always waited for our young men and women to graduate to call them to the colors…, and thus we also express our gratitude today to sixty-three members of the VMI Corps of Cadets who have been mobilized: cadet members of the Reserves and National Guard, and nine faculty and staff members. Please join me in thanking these dedicated men and women.

 We are honored to be joined today for this expression of appreciation by the Vice President of the United States, the Honorable Richard Bruce Cheney and Mrs. Cheney.  I am pleased to say that this marks Mr. Cheney’s third visit to the Institute.  In 1993, he was the speaker for that year’s H. B. Johnson, Jr. ’26 Distinguished Leadership Lecture Series.  And three years later, in 1996, he was the keynote speaker at the 19th Annual Marshall ROTC Awards Seminar…  Mr. Vice President, “welcome back” to the Institute.

Over his nearly 30 years of public service, he has served as White House Chief of Staff under President Ford, served in the U. S. House of Representatives from the State of Wyoming, and served as Secretary of Defense under President George H. W. Bush, during which time he oversaw the 1991 Operation Desert Storm.  In preparation for his current responsibilities, therefore, he has had a broad array of political and executive experience. 

In addition, he is a serious student and a scholar who earned advanced degrees and has written extensively on the mechanisms of government.   He has been at the center of some of the most momentous challenges and policy decisions in the recent history of our nation.  As his last days in office near…VMI is honored with his presence, and the Corps of Cadets is excited to be on review…to thank him for his service to our country.

Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome the forty-sixth Vice President of the United States…, The Honorable Dick Cheney.   

Read VP Cheney's remarks here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/11/20081108-1.html

Read the VMI story here: Cheney Addresses VMI Corps of Cadets