Memorial Parade

The Memorial Parade commemorates the bravery and sacrifice of all alumni who died on the field of honor.

The parade and reading of alumni names is held at VMI and will occur on Friday, May 14, 2021 at 1:00 p.m and will be livestreamed on this page. 

NOTE: This is a change to the original start time. The parade will most likely still begin around 2 p.m., but viewers are encouraged to tune in early to ensure they can see the entire event.

Due to the unique nature of this event, seating and viewing areas are limited to mainly along the academic row side of Letcher Avenue. There is no parking or vehicle traffic allowed on Letcher Avenue during this time. 

UPDATE: Guests may bring their own folding chairs to view the parade should they choose.

Order of Ceremony 

The Ceremonial Formation: The Corps of Cadets march from Barracks to the Parade Ground, forming two battalions centered on the statue Virginia Mourning Her Dead.

The Ceremony and Review: Floral tributes are laid at the foot of Virginia Mourning Her Dead and at the three arches of Barracks that display plaques naming alumni who died in battle.  There will be a three-volley salute fired.  At the conclusion of the gun salute, and echo rendition of “Taps” is played followed by the playing of “Amazing Grace.”  The Corps then marches to the end of the Parade Ground, onto Letcher Avenue toward Barracks, and renders an eyes-right salute to the Superintendent and the Commandant as it marches in front of the monument.

Fully vaccinated attendees do not need to wear a mask. Others must wear face coverings. Social distancing is still in effect per the governor's orders.