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VMI Cadets in Presidential Inaugural Parades
Timeline and Images from the VMI Archives

Wilson Inaugural, 1917

The VMI Corps of Cadets enjoys a one hundred year history of participation in presidential inaugural parades. Cadets marched in their first parade in March 1909, when they departed Lexington on a special seven-car train to take part in the inauguration of William Howard Taft. The 1909 trip was a three day affair, and included a trip to a Washington theater to see the popular play "The Merry Widow."