2018 Legacy March: Something to remember, something to march for

  Fifty miles, 50 marchers, 50 dollars: That’s the short and sweet of what the Legacy March is, according to the professor who has been the advisor for the march during his time here at Norwich.
  Professor Michael Kelley, who teaches engineering, was connected with the Legacy March when it made its comeback nine years ago.
  Professor Kelley was asked to detail this project, because it was a service project put on by the construction management students. It continues as a proud tradition no matter the weather: This year it was a wet slog.

  “Construction management was a new class at the time that the march was being brought back, and the students came to me with the idea of bringing the march back to life because they needed an out-of-class project to do,” said Kelley.
  “They asked me to serve as their advisor, and I did so,” he said, noting that at the time he was the vice president of student affairs for the Commandant of Cadets.
  “The first year, the students were remarkable with the planning of this event. They had to do much of the planning and logistics on their own,” said Kelley.
  “The original concept for this march is to donate money to The Veteran’s Place, and to remember the legacy that Captain Alden Partridge wanted to establish,” said Andrew Guiberson, the president of the Legacy March board.
  The Veteran’s place is a transitional living home for homeless veterans that is situated near Norwich right in Northfield, said Ethan Hagstrom, 20, a junior communications major, who is vice president of the Legacy March board.
  It runs a two-year program that helps veterans get back on their feet, because many of them are struggling with mental illness, addiction, or financial issues, according to Hagstrom.
  There is also a huge historical aspect that is incorporated into the march.
  “When Captain Alden Partridge founded Norwich, he really stressed the idea of practical training and practical use,” said Guiberson.
“Back when he had his Corps of Cadets, the cadets in the corps were as young as 11 years old. If you look at his documents that he wrote, he documented what he thought were good physical requirements for a healthy American,” said Guiberson.
Captain Partridge was known to ruck 50 miles in one day rather than to ruck 50 miles in three days, according to Guiberson.
  Both Hagstrom and Guiberson have been participating in the event since their first year at Norwich and have a strong feeling supporting the March.
  “I have been doing this since my freshmen year, and I have been told that it’s your leader that sets the pace. It’s not supposed to be a very vigorous event, but it depends on the person’s own physical ability,” said Guiberson.
  The Legacy March is not just a physical challenge but allows participants to be able to enjoy and actually get to see some of the beautiful landscape of Vermont, and historic sites such as the floating bridge in Brookfield, which the march crossed.
  “I did this march as something fun to do over my mid-semester break as a freshman, because at the time the march was done over mid-semester break, and after that I wanted to keep doing it because I had so much fun and met my best friend on the march,” said Hagstrom.
  The march is also a great event for rooks to go on because they get to relax, and they also meet and hang out with upperclassmen since there is no real class system on the march.
  The march has been very successful in years past, with the event being able to raise about $8,000 for the Veteran’s Place.
  The Legacy March, even with its hiatus years ago, has been able to stand the test of time, and while not exactly the same as it may have been in its inception, the students that march it keep alive its history and meaning.

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