Vice President Mike Pence Speaks at VMI

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Vice President Pence speaks to the corps of cadets. (VMI photo)

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Vice President Pence prepares to take off. (VMI photo)

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A group of area residents stage a protest on the bridge over the Maury River during Pence's visit. (Stephanie Mikels Blevins photo)

LEXINGTON-- U.S. Vice President Mike Pence addressed Virginia Military Institute cadets this afternoon with a speech at Cameron Hall.

Pence took the stage around 3 p.m. today. The Vice President extended thanks to service men and women and spoke of the honor associated with cadets' experience at VMI.

"Honor is at the core of what you do," Pence said. "Honor will be the central characteristic of who you become."

The Vice President said he was humbled to address cadets on the eve of the anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Pence went on to speak of the strengths and successes of the U.S. military under President Donald Trump. The President, Pence said, stands with the armed forces.

"I couldn't be more proud to be the Vice President to a President who cares about men, women and families of the armed forces," he said.

Pence arrived at the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport around 12:30 p.m. prior to his Lexington appearance. The Vice President was originally set to arrive by helicopter on VMI campus, but the Vice President's office experienced a change of plans due to weather forecasts.

For more details on Vice President Pence's address at Cameron Hall, read the next edition of The News-Gazette available Sept. 16.


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