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Cadets of the Air Force ROTC at Utah State University are reviving an old tradition: National Society of Pershing Rifles.
Pershing Rifles is a military drill team that performs with M-1 Rifles. Utah State was once heavily involved in military drill and ceremonies, so much so that it was known as the “West Point of the West.” AFROTC cadets are reviving that tradition.
One of the requirements to become a full-fledged company in the Society of Pershing Rifles is to conduct a training exercise reflecting the spirit of excellence and dedication which defines Pershing Rifles. USU cadets conducted a 24-hour prisoner of war and missing in action tribute.
Beginning at noon on April 8, two cadets marched in precise formation around a memorial set up on the Quad on the campus of USU.
Similar to the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery, the memorial was guarded for 24 continuous hours. The memorial honored all men and women who, while in the service of their country, were taken prisoner or have been listed as missing in action.
“It is a wonderful way to bring back some of our heritage and tradition all while commemorating those who have gone before us,” said Cadet Dan Sheets, the Pershing Rifles Company commander.
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The event is free and open to the public, and interested parties are encouraged to attend.