Residents of the town of Blacksburg lined the streets on Sunday to welcome veterans of all ages during its Welcome Home Parade.
The event featured the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, the Blacksburg High School marching band and local Blacksburg and former Tech students who have previously served.
Specially invited were former alumni of the Corps Lima Company, which has been retired for the past few years but is expected to be reinstated next fall semester.
Directly following the Blacksburg parade was the annual Corps of Cadets chain of command parade, where senior cadets officially turn over their rank and power to their junior successors.
Linda Granata, research associate in the department of food science, would like to see the parade become an annual Blacksburg tradition.
“We need to tell them every year how much we appreciate them,” Granata said.