Video: Corps of Cadets and the Bedford D-Day Memorial

In 2001, when Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets member Anthony Madeira learned that the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va., was facing bankruptcy, he organized his cadet company to take action. Madeira, who graduated in 2005 from the College of Engineering, initiated a service project to raise money to help keep the memorial open that has grown into a corps-wide annual effort.

Over the last four years, first-year cadets have traveled each fall to the memorial, thanks to corps alumnus Raymond Reed of the Class of 1957 and his wife, Peggy. The Reeds have funded the transportation costs each year, and the memorial grants cadets free admission.

Current cadets learn to appreciate the connection between the corps and the D-Day Memorial by making the visit. They learn that 20 Virginia Tech alumni died on the beaches of Normandy and the surrounding area on June 6, 1944, and the weeks immediately following.