Skipper 50th Anniversary Celebration
Fifty years ago, three cadets from the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets Class of 1964, Alton "Butch" Harper, Homer "Sonny" Hickam, and George Fox, came together with one goal in mind; to have the biggest game cannon the world has ever seen.
On Thursday, Oct. 31, the Corps of Cadets will commemorate 50 years of tradition by holding an anniversary celebration for Skipper. The event will begin in the Burruss Hall Auditorium, located at 800 Drillfield Dr., at 3:30 p.m. All are welcome to join today's Corps of Cadets to learn about Skipper from those that were there when it all began. The event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.
Following the presentation in Burruss Hall, the celebration will move to the Drillfield in front of War Memorial chapel, located at 601 Drillfield Dr., for a special 21-volley salute in honor of President John F. Kennedy on this 50th anniversary year of his death and the creation of Skipper.
At approximately 4:45 p.m. the Gregory Guard, the Corps of Cadets precision rifle drill team, will execute the first two volleys and then the seventh rifleman will yield the honor of the 21st round to Skipper during the third volley.
Please join the Corps of Cadets at one or both parts of the event to celebrate one of Virginia Tech's greatest traditions, Skipper!