What: Members of the media are invited to cover the dedication of the engraving of the names of six alumni on the War Memorial Pylons. Five were killed during the Vietnam War era, and the sixth died in an October training exercise. They are Tech Sgt. Peter Kraines of the Class of 2010, Sgt. William E. Hawkins of the class of 1971, Maj. Norman R. Hurst of the class of 1952, Spc. Fletcher L. Lewis of the class of 1965, Lt. j.g. William L. Sloop of the class of 1967, and 2nd Lt. Jerry W. Smith of the class of 1972.

When: 3 p.m. Friday, November 15, 2019. 

Where:  Virginia Tech’s War Memorial, 601 Drillfield Drive.  

RSVP:  Because of space limitations at the Ut Prosim Pylons, members of the media are asked to RSVP to Bill Foy, at fwill55@vt.edu;

—Portions of Alumni Mall and Drillfield Drive will be closed from 2:45 p.m. to about 4 p.m.

—Parking for news vehicles will be reserved on the Squires Student Center side of Alumni Mall.  

—Mult box connections will be available.

—Corps of Cadets Commandant, Major General Randal D. Fullhart (Ret.) will be available for media interviews prior to 2:30 p.m. Many family members will be available for interviews after the ceremony.   Please note: The family of Tech Sgt. Peter Kraines has declined media interviews at the Pylon ceremony.

—A canopy will be in place if inclement weather arises.  

—Read more about the ceremony and the honorees


Contact:  Bill Foy | 540-998-0288 | fwill55@vt.edu

                 Shay Barnhart | 540-231-8721| shaybar@vt.edu;

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