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The Flag Cadets

Cadets receive the flags from a football player in Lane Stadium.

Cadets receive the flags from football players in Lane Stadium.

When you’re in Lane Stadium and getting ready to jump to “Enter Sandman,” take a moment to look toward the 30-yard line.

There, you will see three cadets, standing at attention.

These cadets — first-year students for all home games and upper-class students for all away games — were chosen for this special duty to recognize their outstanding performance with the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets. 

Three football players, also selected because of their performance in the last game or during practice, will lead the football team onto the field while carrying the American flag, the Virginia flag, and the team’s spirit flag. They take the flags the length of the field and deliver them to cadets. 

The cadets salute the flags, then securely carry them off the field.

The program has been part of football games since 2005 and is part of the proud partnership the Corps of Cadets has with the Virginia Tech Athletic Department and the Virginia Tech football team. It offers a unique opportunity to recognize key steps on a cadets’ leadership development path.

Hokie Heroes

The Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Hokie Hero program, started in 2006 by IMG College, honors Corps alumni who are deployed during Hokie football games. Jon Laaser and Mike Burnop highlight the honorees during each game's radio broadcast.