For Hurricanecrab, the more info you asked for...

By: redagainPatti , 9:35 PM GMT on February 25, 2013

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The Virginia Tech campus is located in Blacksburg, Virginia and has a large drillfield in the central of the campus. This large oval field runs Northeast to Southwest and is encircled by a one way street known as Drillfield Drive. The Drillfield's name stems from its use by the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets to conduct military drills.

Such large areas used to be found on other college grounds but now buildings are taking up much of the old drill space. Here however, there are two underground rivers underneath the drill field cause it to gradually sink, making the land unsuitable for building and protecting it as an open space on campus. On the northwestern side of the drillfield is where the pylons are standing, each representing a different virtue. This Memorial over looks the green space beyond adding to the wonderful splendor of the setting. Designed by Henry Kries and Charles Rudy, the War Memorial memorializes 424 Hokies who have lost their lives in the military services.

On the top step of the court are carved the words, “That I May Serve,” a free translation of the Latin motto for Virginia Tech, “Ut Prosim.” Bordering the Memorial Court are the eight massive pylons with sculpted figures.These eight pylons represent the values of Brotherhood, Honor, Leadership, Sacrifice, Service, Loyalty, Duty and Ut Prosim.

On the pylons are carved the names of Virginia Tech’s war dead. At the court’s center is a marble cenotaph, a symbolic tomb. It also displays the names of graduates who received the Medal of Honor. The pylons embody the values that members of the Hokie Nation hold in the highest regards and serve as a touchstone for the traditions, Honor Code, training programs, policies, and regulations of the Corps of Cadets.

I have only talked here about the upper level which contains Memorial Court with eight sculptured Indiana limestone pylons. There is also a lower level which contains a 6,324-square-foot, 260-seat chapel.

More information can be found on this web page - The War Memorial and Chapel also one can find more information about the names etched on the Pylons

Still another link to a page of a very cool panorama - Link to a panorama from Shyamal

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iPhone shot which later was done with iPad

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11. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
12:53 AM GMT on July 22, 2013
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10. redagainPatti
8:08 PM GMT on July 21, 2013
Quoting 9. hurricanecrab:
{{Patti}} Red Cotton Bugs? Yeah, creepy lil' buggers. I mean, really, eating cotton? ugh. I have a visceral -- perhaps instinctive -- reaction to them. Red often equals danger in nature. As it turns out, they are not dangerous, however they resemble fuzzy red "ants", which are really a type of wasp.

I cut red cotton bugs a wide berth. Where they swarm, I don't tread. I might scream like a little girl if several dropped on my head, and that's never a good thing.


nope... different bugs... these are very small little things that are also called chiggers. Hey... I should make a blog of those things...!!!
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9. hurricanecrab
8:14 PM GMT on July 10, 2013
{{Patti}} Red Cotton Bugs? Yeah, creepy lil' buggers. I mean, really, eating cotton? ugh. I have a visceral -- perhaps instinctive -- reaction to them. Red often equals danger in nature. As it turns out, they are not dangerous, however they resemble fuzzy red "ants", which are really a type of wasp.

I cut red cotton bugs a wide berth. Where they swarm, I don't tread. I might scream like a little girl if several dropped on my head, and that's never a good thing.
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8. redagainPatti
7:59 AM GMT on July 10, 2013
Doing ok.. dealing with something we call redbugs down here..
Due to the heat of the day, most of my hiking has been in the wee hours of the mornings... I am back in Mississippi and will be traveling down to the Jackson area this weekend..
How are how are you doing?
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7. LakeWorthFinn
7:53 PM GMT on June 27, 2013
How are you girl? Been a long time...
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6. redagainPatti
11:31 PM GMT on April 01, 2013
Quoting Barefootontherocks:
SPC hail reports March 23, 2013.
0128 100 STARKVILLE OKTIBBEHA MS 3346 8882 QUARTER HAIL COVERING THE GROUND AT HWY 12 AND JACKSON STREET. (JAN)

0131 100 5 NE STARKVILLE OKTIBBEHA MS 3351 8876 (JAN)

0132 125 1 N STARKVILLE OKTIBBEHA MS 3347 8882 (JAN)

0133 200 STARKVILLE OKTIBBEHA MS 3346 8882 (JAN)

Did you get severe hail, Patti? Hope all is well.


I did but had warning it was coming.. I got my car under the carport and posted a few photos on FB. A store just half a block east of my home, lost their sign as the ice broke the ele tubes on it. Yep it was a quarter if not bigger.. the one which I finally dashed out side to get after five minutes was a full large nickel size.
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5. Barefootontherocks
4:10 PM GMT on March 24, 2013
SPC hail reports March 23, 2013.
0128 100 STARKVILLE OKTIBBEHA MS 3346 8882 QUARTER HAIL COVERING THE GROUND AT HWY 12 AND JACKSON STREET. (JAN)

0131 100 5 NE STARKVILLE OKTIBBEHA MS 3351 8876 (JAN)

0132 125 1 N STARKVILLE OKTIBBEHA MS 3347 8882 (JAN)

0133 200 STARKVILLE OKTIBBEHA MS 3346 8882 (JAN)

Did you get severe hail, Patti? Hope all is well.
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4. redagainPatti
1:05 AM GMT on March 08, 2013
I understand how life can get rather busy.. was going to email you then my life got full. Meanwhile, I am now back in Mississippi after the 10 hour drive yesterday back home. Just can not do the cost of hotels these days but with two drivers,, my daughter and I, it was not too bad of a trip.

Glad you enjoyed it... I liked the studying a bit more in detail of the Pylons and the area around them.
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3. hurricanecrab
12:06 PM GMT on March 07, 2013
Hiya Patti!

I'm sorry I didn't notice your blog until now; it's been a remarkably busy week or so.

Thanks so much for expanding upon the memorial and grounds. The arrangement of the pylons is really unique..... and just seems to draw a person in; I think it must be something primal in the human experience to feel drawn to such monuments (or maybe I watched 2001:A Space Odyssey too many times).

Really appreciate the information and links.
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2. redagainPatti
1:55 AM GMT on February 26, 2013
Glad you like it... I love finding out about the underground rivers in that area... they have springs around here that come up and then duck back down into the ground.. and this whole drillfield there is like a big bowl.

Hrricanecrab asked for more info in the last blog comments so THATs why I shared more detail in this blog.
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1. palmettobug53
10:36 PM GMT on February 25, 2013
Hi, Patti.

That's really interesting. I don't know much about Va Tech but this group of pylons as a memorial is nice.
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